3 elected to town board

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— In Hayden's municipal election Tuesday, voters picked Lorraine Johnson, Richard "Festus" Hagins and incumbent Ken Gibbon to serve on the Hayden Town Board. Running unopposed, Chuck Grobe sailed into his position as Hayden's next mayor. Dianne Kochenower, a newcomer to town government, lost the race for the three open trustee seats.

Johnson discovered that the third time's a charm on the trustee campaign trail -- she walked away with 93 of the 120 ballots cast, the most votes received by a trustee candidate.

"It surprises me that I got the most votes," she said. "After losing twice before, I'm really excited. Serving on the Town Board is something I've wanted to do for a long time. I've been actively involved from the sidelines for a long time."

Gibbon, who has already served six years on the Town Board, received 84 votes.

"I'm real happy. It's good to know that a carpenter driving nails for a living can make a difference," Gibbon said. "I think we've got some good additions to the board and I think Chuck will do a good job -- he'll do the town well."

Hagins, a former mayor and town trustee, received 86 votes.

Kochenower received 52 votes.
"We'll see what the next four years will hold," Hagins said. "I'll do my best."

Hagins said he is pleased that he was elected to the board and he's anxious to serve with Johnson and Gibbon, but the lack of community support for the election was troubling to him.

"My biggest concern is that only 10 percent of the voters come out today," he said. "I think it's really sad. Our town government is really important and I think it's too bad that it takes controversy to get people to vote."

Of 1124 registered voters in Hayden, 120 showed up to vote in Tuesday's town election.


-- To reach Bryna Larsen, call 871-4205 or e-mail blarsen@amigo.net

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