Town Council elects Laila Benitez as mayor, Dan Caton as mayor pro tem; newly elected members Peter Duprey and Marti Prohaska sworn in

2019 Swearing In

Words by Kathrine Warren / Election, Government

Newly elected council members Peter Duprey and Martinique Davis Prohaska and re-elected council members Laila Benitez and Dan Caton were officially sworn in as members of the Mountain Village Town Council on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Each new member stood before the community and repeated the oath, promising to faithfully carry out the responsibilities of the office. The council members will serve four-year terms and will join current council members Patrick Berry, Jack Gilbride and Natalie Binder on Mountain Village’s Town Council.

Following the Swearing-In Ceremony was the election of the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem positions. The Town of Mountain Village Home Rule Charter dictates the positions to be elected amongst the Council Members by a majority vote at its first organizational meeting held after the election. According to the Charter, the new Mayor presides at Council meetings and is recognized as the head of the Town government for all ceremonial, dignitary and legal purposes. In the absence or of the Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem presides at Council meetings and takes over the powers and duties of the Mayor.

By unanimous vote, Laila Benitez was re-elected Mayor of Mountain Village and Dan Caton was re-elected Mayor Pro Tem. Benitez has been on the Council since June 2015 and has served as Mayor since July of 2017. She currently serves on the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), the Telluride Medical Center Board of Directors and is a member of the Mountain Village Transportation & Parking Committee, Business Development Advisory Committee and Community Grants Committee.

Caton has been on the Council since June 2015 and most recently served on the Budget & Finance Committee, the Gondola Committee, the Business Development Advisory Committee and served as secretary/treasurer of the SMART Board over the past two years. On Thursday’s meeting was reappointed to serve on the Gondola Committee, Business Development Advisory Committee and SMART.

“Congratulations to Mayor Laila Benitez and the Mayor Pro Tem, Dan Caton. We are looking forward to working with the new and returning Council and appreciate the opportunity to continue serving the Mountain Village community,” said Mountain Village Town Manager Kim Montgomery.

In Mountain Village, the mayor serves a two-year term with the council’s approval. The mayor has several responsibilities, including overseeing the town’s finances and budget, enforcing town contracts and many other responsibilities with the town government.

For more information, please contact Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick at [email protected].

 

Mountain Village Town Council 2019 Election Results

Words by Kathrine Warren / Election

Candidates Peter Duprey, Dan Caton, Laila Benitez and Martinique Davis Prohaska were elected to Mountain Village Town Council on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. They will join current council members Patrick Berry, Natalie Binder and Jack Gilbride. The newly elected council members will serve four-year terms.

Of the 935 Mountain Village ballots that were issued,  340 ballots were cast by mail or in person for a 39.65 percent voter turnout. 

The newly elected council members will be sworn in at the July 18, 2019, Mountain Village Town Council Meeting where members will appoint the position of mayor and mayor pro-tem.

The Numbers:

Listed in the same order as they appeared on the ballot, the following is the number of votes each candidate received:

 

For more information about the election results, please contact Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick.

 

Mountain Village Town Council Election June 25, 2019

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The Town of Mountain Village Regular Municipal Election will take place June 25 to elect four Town Council members.

Ballots were mailed to registered voters between June 3 and 10 and may be returned in person to Mountain Village Town Hall located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Suite A by or before June 25, 2019 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Election results are available here

Six candidates are running and are listed on the ballot in this order (which was drawn at random): Chris Busbee, Peter Duprey, Dan Caton, Kara Mills, Laila Benitez and Martinique Davis Prohaska. To learn more about each candidate, visit townofmountainvillage.com/candidate.

The four Town Council seats up for election are currently held by Mayor Laila Benitez, Mayor Pro Tem Dan Caton, Dan Jansen and Bruce MacIntire. Benitez and Caton are running for a second term.

Jansen is termed out after serving two four-year terms. He was first elected in 2011 and served as mayor of Mountain Village from January 2013 through June 2017. MacIntire was elected in 2015 and has decided not to pursue a second term.

Once elected, the new council will convene July 18 where the elected members will be sworn in,  mayor and mayor pro tem will be appointed by the new town council.

 

 

 

Mountain Village Town Council Candidate Forum June 4, 2019

Words by Kathrine Warren / Election

The Wilkinson Public Library will moderate a Mountain Village Town Council Candidate Forum on Tuesday, June 4 beginning at 5:15 p.m. at Mountain Village Town Hall.

The forum will begin with a candidate mixer at 5:15 p.m. followed by candidate introductions at 5:50 p.m. The format will include opening statements by each candidate and three questions pertinent to the election prepared by library staff. Each candidate will be given a specified amount of time to answer each question. To close, the moderator will ask for written questions from the audience if time permits.

The forum will be streamed live at townofmountainvillage.com/video or facebook.com/townofmountainvillage/ and available to watch on-demand immediately following the event.

The Town of Mountain Village Regular Municipal Election will take place June 25 to elect four Town Council members.

Six candidates are running and are listed on the ballot in this order (which was drawn at random): Chris Busbee, Peter Duprey, Dan Caton, Kara Mills, Laila Benitez and Martinique Davis Prohaska. To learn more about each candidate, visit townofmountainvillage.com/candidate.

The four Town Council seats up for election are currently held by Mayor Laila Benitez, Mayor Pro Tem Dan Caton, Dan Jansen and Bruce MacIntire. Benitez and Caton are running for a second term.

Jansen is termed out after serving two four-year terms. He was first elected in 2011 and served as mayor of Mountain Village from January 2013 through June 2017. MacIntire was elected in 2015 and has decided not to pursue a second term.

Once elected, the new council will convene July 18 where the mayor and mayor pro tem will be appointed by the new town council.

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between June 3 and 10 and may be returned either by mail or in person to Mountain Village Town Hall located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Suite A by or before June 25, 2019 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Town of Mountain Village to hold regular municipal election June 25, 2019

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The Town of Mountain Village will hold a Regular Municipal Election June 25, 2019, to elect four Mountain Village Town Council members and is reminding residents and property owners to confirm they are registered to vote.

“Voter verification cards were mailed to constituents on May 10,” said Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick. “If you did not receive a verification card, please contact the Town Clerk’s office to confirm registration. If you have not yet registered to vote, please do so as soon as possible.”

The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 5 p.m. Both legal residents and non-resident property owners are eligible to vote. A legal resident is any person who has maintained a principal residence within Mountain Village for at least 30 consecutive days prior to the scheduled June 25 election.

Non-resident property owners are eligible to vote if they hold the title to a property in natural name (not in the name of a trust, corporation or partnership) and are the owner of record of real property for 30 consecutive days immediately prior to June 25, 2019 during which time you have owned at least 50 percent of the fee title interest in the real property. However, such property interest shall not include ownership of parking spaces, religious or other charitable facilities, hotel units, roads or common areas intended for non-profit use.

To verify voter registration, or to register to vote in this election, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/election. To contact the Clerk’s office regarding verification cards please email [email protected] or call 970-728-8000.

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between June 3 and 10 and may be returned either by mail or in person to Mountain Village Town Hall located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Suite A by or before June 25, 2019 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Four seats open for election on Town Council

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Four seats on the Mountain Village Town Council are up for election on June 25, 2019.

The Town of Mountain Village Clerk’s office is now accepting candidate applications from those with a desire to serve and make a difference in their community.

To qualify as a candidate, you must be a registered elector who has maintained legal residency within Mountain Village for at least 120 days immediately preceding the June 25 election. A Letter of Intent and candidate biographical information sheet must be submitted via email no later than 5 p.m. May 10 to the Clerks Office.

For more information, please visit our Election page.

Voters Elect Berry, Oupadia and Gilbride to Serve on Mountain Village Town Council

Election Results

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Candidates Patrick L. Berry, Paul Oupadia and Jack Gilbride were elected to Mountain Village Town Council Tuesday, June 27. They will join current council members Dan Jansen, Laila Benitez, Dan Caton and Bruce MacIntire who were not up for re-election. The newly elected council members will serve four-year terms.

Of the 930 mailed ballots, 409 were cast either by mail or in person for a 43.98% voter turnout.

The newly elected council members will be sworn in at the July 25 Mountain Village Town Council Meeting. Subsequently, members of Town Council will appoint the position of mayor and mayor pro-tem.


The Numbers

Listed in the same order as they appeared on the ballot, following is the number of votes each candidate received.

  • Paul Oupadia: 170
  • Suse Connolly: 86
  • Marla Meridith: 20
  • David Schillaci: 90
  • Jack Gilbride: 157
  • Angela R. Pashayan: 83
  • Natalie Binder: 148
  • Richard Child: 35
  • Jonathan Greenspan: 127
  • Patrick L. Berry: 178

For more information about the election results, contact Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick by email.

Mountain Village Town Council Election Set For June 27

Registered Elector 2017

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The Town of Mountain Village will hold a Regular Municipal Election June 27 to elect three Town Council Members. Ten candidates declared their candidacy for the upcoming election, and are listed on the ballot in this order: Paul Oupadia, Suse Connolly, Marla Meridith, David Schillaci, Jack Gilbride, Angela Pashayan, Natalie Binder, Richard Child, Jonathan Greenspan, and Patrick L. Berry. The order of candidates was determined based on a draw by lot. To learn more about each candidate, visit townofmountainvillage.com/candidate.

The three Town Council seats up for election are currently held by councilmembers Cath Jett, Marty McKinley and Michelle Sherry. Jett is termed out after serving two, four-year terms. She first served on Council in 2009 and as mayor pro-tem from July 2013 to June 2015. Councilmember McKinley has decided not to pursue a second term and has served as mayor pro-tem since July 2015. He joined Council in March of 2014 by appointment, filling the seat of former Councilmember Richard Child. Sherry, who is eligible to serve another four-year term, decided not to run for a second term. She was first elected to serve on Council in 2013. The last regular municipal election held in 2015 had one of its biggest turn outs with 13 candidates vying for four open seats. Once elected, the new Council will convene July 20.

“We are excited to see such a large number of candidates apply for Town Council. It shows that people are interested in making a difference in their community,” said Administration Director and Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick. “Several candidates have served on Town Council previously, and they are back wanting to serve again – that says a lot.”

The deadline to become a registered elector is Friday, May 26 by 5 p.m. (in person) and Monday, May 29 by 5 p.m. (online). Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between June 5 and June 12, and may be returned either by mail or in person to Town Hall, located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., on or before June 27 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more about the election, visit townofmountainvillage.com/governing/election

Mountain Village Holds Election June 27 For Three Open Town Council Seats

MV TC Open Seats

Words by Bill Kight / Election, Government

The Town of Mountain Village will hold a Regular Municipal Election June 27 to elect three Town Council Members. To qualify one must be a registered elector who has maintained legal residency with the town for at least 120 days immediately preceding the June 27 election. A Letter of Intent and Candidate Biographical Information Sheet must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office via email by May 12 at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit townofmountainvillage.com/election.

The three Town Council seats up for election are currently held by council members Cath Jett, Marty McKinley and Michelle Sherry. Jett is termed out after serving two, four-year terms. She first served on Council in 2009 and as mayor pro-tem from July 2013 to June 2015. Councilmember McKinley has decided not to pursue a second term and has served as mayor pro-tem since July 2015. He joined Council in March of 2014 by appointment, filling the seat of former Councilmember Richard Child. Sherry, who is eligible to serve another four-year term, said she has yet to decide if she will run again. She was first elected to serve on Council in 2013. The last regular municipal election held in 2015 had one of its biggest turn outs with 13 candidates vying for four open seats. Once elected, the new Council will convene July 20.

In Mayor Dan Jansen‘s April Mayor’s Minute correspondence he encouraged anyone with interest in local government to consider stepping up and throwing their hat in the ring.

“The experience is fun, it will deepen your knowledge of the community, and I would be more than happy to speak to anyone with interest in running. Our town functions best when our citizens engage, and while it is difficult for some to step forward and serve, I would encourage any interested resident to consider running for Town Council.  It is a great way to deeply understand the key issues facing our town and contributing to the solutions.”

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between June 5 and June 12, and may be returned either by mail or in person to Town Hall, located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., by or before June 27 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters elect Jansen, Benitez, Caton and MacIntire to serve on Mountain Village Town Council; ballot question one prevails

Dan Jansen

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Incumbent Dan Jansen, Laila Benitez, Dan Caton and Bruce MacIntire were elected to Mountain Village Town Council Tuesday. They will join current councilmembers Cath Jett, Marty McKinley and Michelle Sherry who were not up for re-election. The newly elected councilmembers will serve four-year terms.

The Mountain Village electorate also voted in favor of limiting the number of units that could ultimately be built on Lot 640A, formerly known as Telluride Apartments. Ballot Question One, a citizen-initiated ordinance that limits the number of units to 45, received 219 yes votes while Ballot Question Two, which would have limited the number of units to 60, failed.

Of the 821 mailed ballots, 422 were cast either by mail or in person.

At the July 16 Mountain Village Town Council Meeting, the newly elected councilmembers will be sworn in. Subsequently, members of Town Council will appoint the positions of mayor and mayor pro-tem.


The Numbers

Listed in the same order as they appeared on the ballot, following is the number of votes each candidate received, and the number of votes for each ballot question.

  • Dan Jansen: 224
  • DavidSchillaci:137
  • LailaBenitez:197
  • BruceMacIntire:149
  • JonetteBronson:75
  • Dan R. Garner: 114
  • John E. Howe: 41
  • JeffreyFasolo:13
  • Dan Caton: 196
  • Jonathan Greenspan: 120
  • Suse Connolly: 114
  • Brain Kanaga: 90
  • Richard Child: 73
  • Ballot Question One: 219 Yes, 180 No
  • Ballot Question Two: 199 Yes, 204 No

For more information about the election results, contact Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick at [email protected].