Spanish Valley election results show voter preferences
by Lisa Church, contributing writer
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    Voters in Spanish Valley cast their ballots to

elect, for the first time, representatives to the Spanish Valley Water

and Sewer Improvement District. In the field of 11 candidates, Mike

Holyoak, Gary Wilson, John Hartley, Lance Christie, and Dan Holyoak

emerged the winners for seats on the five-person board.

    But officials in the Grand County Clerk’s office

stressed that all results are preliminary until the final vote canvass

is completed later this month. At least 34 absentee and provisional

ballots remain outstanding, and that could affect the outcome of the

election because some candidates are separated by only a handful of

votes, the clerk’s office said. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by

Monday, Nov. 7 to be eligible for inclusion in the final count.

    County officials said voter turnout reached about

22-percent in county precincts 9 and 11, while 26-percent of voters

cast ballots in precinct 2. Registered voters in county precincts 1, 4,

and 5 who receive water and sewer services from the district voted by

mail using absentee ballots, county officials said.

    The final ballot tally from Tuesday night is as follows:

    Mike Holyoak     422     Gary Wilson       409     John Hartley      390     Lance Christie    384     Dan Holyoak      378     Al McLeod           370     Tom Stengel       367     Barb Morra         365     Dan Pyatt           329     Rex Tanner        305     Bill Love             298

    Moab City residents reelected Kyle Bailey and Jeff

Davis to the Moab City Council. Bailey received 560 votes, while Davis

received 484 votes. Candidate Mark Bromley garnered 204 votes, placing

third in the race for two open seats.

    Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison, who ran unopposed in this year’s election, was reelected to another four-year term.

    In all, 696 ballots were cast in the city election,

representing 15.47 percent of the total registered voters within the

Moab city limits.

    In Castle Valley, Damian Bollermann defeated Ron

Drake to become the town’s next mayor. Bollermann received 130 votes,

to Drake’s 75. Jim Lindheim and write-in candidate Ranna Bieschke were

elected to open seats on the Castle Valley  Town Council.

Bollermann, Lindheim and Bieschke will serve four-year terms.

    Bieschke and Ronald Mengel entered the race late as

write-in candidates after candidate Mark Webster withdrew his name from

the ballot two weeks before the election.

    Castle Valley also elected two representatives –

David Vaughn and Ronald Mengel – to serve four-year terms as trustees

of the town’s Fire Protection District Board.

    The Thompson Special Services District had three

open positions on a  five-person board. The district is

responsible for supplying water to Thompson, Crescent Junction and the

rest area on I-70, according to district secretary Linda Fordham. The

results of the election are as follows:

    LeeAnne Asay, 19 votes; Helen Davis, 11 votes; Mike Haechten, 10 votes.

    Three write-in candidates received the following

votes: Alberta Taylor, 2; Steve Taylor, 1 vote; Brenda Rogers, 1 vote.

© 2005 Lisa J. Church

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