Vail’s Regular Municipal Election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 7 in which voters will seat four Town Council members. All voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town of Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road. Absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Voter verification is required in order to vote. Please remember to bring a current and valid Colorado identification to the polling place, such as a Colorado driver’s license, U.S. passport, utility bill with name and address of elector, or Colorado State issued identification card.
There are 4,344 voters eligible to participate in the Vail election as of Oct 16. The Town Clerk’s Office has issued 571 absentee ballots which includes overseas and active military voters totaling 125. There have been 317 absentee ballots returned as of Nov. 2. The last day to request an absentee ballot was Friday, Nov. 3; these ballots are due back by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Preliminary election results will be announced on the Town of Vail website at vailgov.com as well as cable Channel 10 and on Twitter @VailGov #VailElection as they become available Tuesday evening. Certified election results will be announced no later than Nov. 17 upon final count of ballots received from overseas and active military voters.
Ten candidates, including three incumbents, are running for the four Town Council seats. The order in which the candidates appear on the ballot is as follows:
- Ed Padilla
- Taylor Strickland
- Rodney Johnson
- Jenn Bruno
- Brian Rodine
- Dave Chapin
- Greg Moffet
- Bart Longworth
- Mark Gordon
- Travis Coggin
Bruno, Chapin and Moffet are incumbents. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to four-year terms, while the fourth place finisher will be elected to a two-year term. The newly-elected winners will join Kevin Foley, Kim Langmaid, and Jen Mason whose town council terms run to November 2019. The mayor and mayor pro tem will then be elected from among the council members during an organizational meeting on Nov. 21 and each will serve a two-year term.
In addition, voters will be deciding on Ballot Question No. 1, a question authorizing Municipal High-Speed Internet Services (Advanced Services), Telecommunication Services and Cable Television Services. If this question were approved, the town would have the legal right to provide such services with no increases in taxes.
During the last regular municipal election on Nov. 5, 2015, voters selected four council members from a field of seven candidates as follows:
- Kim Langmaid, 627 votes
- Jen Mason, 463 votes
- Kevin Foley, 440 votes
- Dick Cleveland, 410 votes
Eligible voters include those who are U.S. citizens, are 18 years of age or older and have established residency within the State of Colorado by Oct. 16. Voters are able to register in person at the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder’s Voter Service and Polling Center locations in Vail, Avon, Eagle and El Jebel up to and including the day of election. To verify if you are currently registered to vote, visit www.govotecolorado.com
In addition to the Town of Vail Regular Municipal Election, Eagle County Clerk’s Office has mailed separate ballots for the Eagle County, state and special district elections, and the Vail Recreation District has mailed its ballot to their registered electors as well.
For questions about the Vail election, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 970-479-2136.