Latest News – November 4

Yes to 1A & 5A Issues, Labbe Leadville’s Next Mayor

The 2015 Election in Lake County might go down as the quickest tallied from the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, as race results were compiled and distributed in less than one hour after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Here are those results:

Elections Matter 2015 9p4 logoLake County residents voted in favor of the St. Vincent Hospital’s (SVH) Hometown Health Care plan, passing both Ballot Issues 1A & 5A, creating two tax increases for residents living within the hospital district. Final numbers show 59.70% (1,225 votes) in favor of ballot question 1A and 40.30% (827 votes) opposed. Ballot Issue 5A saw voters approval with 60.90% (1,670 votes), playing out against the 39.10% (1072 votes) opposed to the measure.

Greg Labbe will become Leadville’s next Mayor, after capturing the biggest percent (44.53%) of votes at 395 tallies. Second place in the Mayor’s race was term-limited City Clerk Joe Swyers with 270 votes and rounding out the Mayoral podium with 222 votes was “Hairy” Gary Snider. Ward One of Leadville City Council will need to fill yet another seat as Labbe moves up to take the city’s top position.

In other Ward One City Council news, Shoshanah Beck will take her place at the council table in January, garnering 225 votes to challenger Steven R. Prestash’s 47 tallies. Leadville City Council, Ward 2 will seat Jacob Mahrmann, who currently holds the position and ran unopposed, pulling in 162 votes on Election Day. Greg J. Douglas, another unopposed candidate, will fill the seat from Ward 3, a position being vacated by Luke Finken who is stepping away from public service to pursue a new private venture (good luck and thanks for your many years of service to Leadville!)

Meet The Candidates Night was held on September 28, giving local candidates and representatives for ballot issues a chance to make their pitch. Photo: Leadville Today

Meet The Candidates Night was held on September 28, giving local candidates and representatives for ballot issues a chance to make their pitch. Photo: Leadville Today

New Leadville City Clerk, Pam Andrews tallied 578 votes and will take office with the rest of the winning candidates in January. Andrews ran unopposed for the position which is being vacated by Joe Swyers, who was term-limited.

Leadville’s current Mayor, Jaime Stuever will now be in charge of the city’s financials, becoming the next City Treasurer in January, a position he ran for unopposed.

The November ballot also included candidates for the Colorado Mountain College Board (CMC) of Trustees, although only one – District No. 2 – was opposed. For those results: CLICK.

Thanks to Lake County Clerk and Recorder and Elections Coordinator Patty Berger the 2015 Election results were tallied in record time. Thanks to Berger, her staff and the tireless group of Lake County Election Judges who make Leadville's civic responsibility an easy, convenient experience. Photo: Leadville Today

Thanks to Lake County Clerk and Recorder and Elections Coordinator Patty Berger the 2015 Election results were tallied in record time. Thanks to Berger, her staff and the tireless group of Lake County Election Judges who make Leadville’s civic responsibility an easy, convenient experience. Photo: Leadville Today

For Ballot Issues 1B and 4D which allow both the county and college to provide high-speed internet and other telecommunications services, voters favored both of the Referendums, allowing each entity the ability to determine their own broadband destiny. 

The city’s issue 2A concerning a tax on marijuana cultivation was received favorably among Leadville Voters and will generate additional revenue for the city coffers.

So there’s the Election 2015 Roundup for Leadville and Lake County. For complete Cumulative Reports, readers may connect: HERE.

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