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Unofficial results favoring incumbents at Evergreen Metro, EFPD

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By The Staff

Unofficial results Tuesday night had three incumbents — John Ellis, James Viellenave and Stephen Bond — retaining their seats on the Evergreen Metropolitan District board of directors.

As of 9 p.m., Ellis has received 25 votes, Viellenave 22 and Bond 18. Challenger James Steven Beck had received 13 votes.

Evergreen Metro also asked residents whether they would approve consolidating with the Upper Bear Creek Water & Sanitation District. Early returns were in favor of consolidation by a 27-4 count.

The results will be finalized at a May 17 canvass board meeting. Other special districts in Evergreen and Indian Hills hosted elections as well.

As of 9 p.m., the following districts have submitted unofficial counts.

Upper Bear Creek Water & Sanitation District
Upper Bear Creek voters, like Evergreen Metro, were in favor of consolidating its water and sanitation district. Early returns stood at 17-0 in favor of consolidating.

The district also had two candidates running for two open board seats, but because of the ballot question the election couldn’t be cancelled.

Candidates Patrick J. Kuberski and Gerald W. Berk each received 17 votes. However, if the unofficial count stands, the consolidation will pass and the Upper Bear Creek board will be eliminated. However, current Upper Bear Creek board members could run for Evergreen Metro board positions in a future election.

The results must be finalized by May 22.

Evergreen Fire Protection District
Three incumbents — Jeff deDisse, John Anderson and Michael Gregory — led the unofficial results for three open board seats.

Leading the way was deDisse with 177 votes. Anderson had 158 and Gregory 156, while challenger Holly Roberts received 88 votes.

The results will be finalized at a May 21 canvass board meeting.

Evergreen Park & Recreation District
Of the five candidates running for the three open board seats, the three incumbents — John Ellis, Peg Linn and Peter D. Lindquist — were leading in the unofficial count.

Lindquist had 461 votes; Ellis, 428; and Linn, 358. Challengers Kathy J. Fasold and Rob Sontag had 312 and 258 votes, respectively, in the unofficial count.

The results will be finalized at a May 17 canvass board meeting.

Final results will take up to 14 days to finalize due to overseas absentee ballots.

Indian Hills Water District
Several newcomers are headed to the Indian Hills Water District board of directors.

In a heated election with 11 official candidates on the ballot, Scott Ryplewski, Dave Mosby and Marianna Kristoff were selected for the three four-year term positions. Craig Levy and Samantha August, both of whom were appointed in the last year to fill board vacancies, were chosen to serve two-year terms.

Of 245 total votes cast, Ryplewski received 148, while Mosby received 128 and Kristoff received 109 votes. August received 172 votes, and Levy received 117.

In the past year, the special district serving about 400 homes and businesses tasked with providing clean water to residents for domestic and commercial uses and fire protection has experienced change. Water district board members have resigned; district employees have been fired; and accusations of wrongdoing have been made.

But for this reason, there were more potential candidates than in years past, and more votes cast.

Results are unofficial until the new boards sworn in at the next Indian Hills Water District board meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Indian Hills Community Center.

Indian Hills Fire
Chris Vigil will join incumbents Kelley Lehman and Marc Rosenberg on the Indian Hills Fire Protection District board of directors.

Lehman, a Parmalee Elementary School teacher, received 114 votes, according to unofficial election results. Vigil and Rosenberg each received 99. Longtime board member Ron Walton fell just short with 86 votes.

Lehman, Vigil and Rosenberg all agreed that finding a solution to the district’s aging fire station is of utmost importance in the upcoming years.

The volunteer fire department serves an area of 12 square miles and covers U.S. 285 just west of Highway 8 to Brookmont Road and along both sides of Parmalee Gulch Road to Meyers Gulch Road, including most of Mount Falcon Park.

Indian Hills Fire board meets monthly at the Parmalee Gulch fire station. The next meeting will be May 30 at 7 p.m.