New leaders chosen for Basalt and Carbondale
Midvalley voters chose seven new elected officials on Tuesday.
Jacque Whitsitt was elected mayor of Basalt, besting challenger Glenn Rappaport with 55 percent of the vote in a race that drew 774 voters.
In a race between five candidates for three open seats on the Basalt Town Council, Robert Leavitt, Herschel Ross and Rick Stevens garnered the most support. Stevens won the most votes with 445, followed by Ross with 394 and Leavitt with 392, winning four-year seats on the Basalt board.
In Carbondale, two trustees were re-elected in a race for three seats.
Political newcomer Allyn Harvey and incumbents John Hoffman and Pam Zentmyer were elected to the Carbondale Board of Trustees. Harvey replaces outgoing trustee Ed Cortez on the seven-member board.
They were elected out of a field of 10 on a mail-in ballot. Two candidates left the race weeks ago, but remained on the ballot.
Zentmyer topped the vote count with 757, followed by Harvey with 701 and Hoffman with 700.
A total of 1,409 voters turned out for the Carbondale races.