2019 Election Coverage

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Telluride’s 2019 election is in the books. Voters chose incumbent Lars Carlson and newcomer Adrienne Christy for four-year terms on Telluride Town Council and selected a new mayor, DeLanie Young, from council ranks. The three newly elected officials, as well as former mayor Sean Murphy, mayo…

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The ballots are in, and the votes are tallied. Residents of Rico voted Tuesday to approve a ballot measure to join the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) and fund transportation services for Rico.

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The Town of Telluride now has a short-term rental tax as voters approved Ballot Issue 300 on 56 percent of the ballots, according to complete but unofficial results Tuesday night.

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Telluride’s new mayor DeLanie Young defeated incumbent Mayor Sean Murphy by a margin more than sufficient to negate the need to set instant runoff voting (IRV) protocols into action. Young garnered 53 percent of the votes to Murphy’s 41 percent; David Oyster finished a distant third with 6 p…

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With Election Day less than a week away, local citizens and public service hopefuls filled Rebekah Hall Wednesday evening for a candidates forum hosted by the Telluride Association of Realtors. While attendees submitted questions and candidates squared off on a variety of issues, the three c…

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The Telluride Education Foundation hosted a forum for the five Telluride School Board candidates Monday night at the Michael D. Palm Theatre. There are three seats, which carry a four-year term, up for grabs during this year’s election. Incumbents Jenni Ward and Dylan Brooks, and newcomers A…

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This Election Day, the San Miguel Public Library District will ask voters, via Ballot Issue 6A, to approve a .75 mill levy increase — its first ballot question in 22 years.

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Most local candidates running for office are keeping campaign expenses to a modest level, and two — Town Council incumbent candidate Lars Carlson and mayoral hopeful David Oyster — declared amounts received or spent that totaled zero. Campaign expense paperwork was filed with the Town of Tel…

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This Election Day, Telluride voters will decide whether to impose a tax on non-commercial short-term rentals (STRs) in town.

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DeLanie Young calls herself a “life-long learner.” It’s one of the main thrusts of why she not only enjoys her current role as a member of Telluride Town Council, but wants to “take it to the next level.”

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By Colorado law, in odd-numbered years such as 2019, the only state-level measures permitted on the ballot are those that relate to taxes or fiscal matters connected to TABOR, the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights.

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David Oyster is running a low-key campaign. He’s employing social media platforms to disseminate his views and encourage dialogue, as well as writing letters to the editor and getting others to support him by penning  letters of their own. And he also campaigns the old fashioned way.

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While a dozen Democratic candidates for president of the United States squared off on the national stage Tuesday night, six local citizens vying for either mayoral or Telluride Town Council seats handled an array of questions at a forum hosted by the Progressive Women’s Caucus (PWC) in Rebek…

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Lars Carlson is the sole incumbent running in this year’s Telluride Town Council race for two open seats. He is enthusiastic and committed to his role as a representative on council, but he admits it wasn’t easy at first.

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Adrienne Christy is heading into her seventh winter in Telluride and couldn’t be happier about it. The first-time candidate is Colorado born and raised who, while living in Denver, realized the city life was not a great fit.

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Five candidates are running for three Telluride school board positions in November’s election. All three positions carry a four-year term. The candidates are Dylan Brooks, Cheryl Carstens Miller, Adam S. Chambers, Jenni Ward and Len Metheny. All have had or currently have children in the dis…

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Luigi Chiarani is a 32-year resident of Telluride who has never run for political office until throwing his hat in the ring for one of two open seats on Telluride Town Council this year. His campaign slogan is “Take it easy.” It’s more than the refrain of a popular song, but his overall attitude.

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The race is on. Telluride Town Clerk Tiffany Kavanaugh received and certified six petitions — three for mayor and three for two Town Council seats — by Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, putting the pieces in place for the Nov. 5 election.