Steamboat's Brenner slides past Fielding for CMC seat

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Steamboat Springs resident Ken Brenner defeated fellow resident John Fielding for the District 5 seat representing Routt County on the Colorado Mountain College board of trustees.

With the final results from Eagle County still pending as of press time, Brenner had secured 10,386 votes to Fielding’s 9,049. Even though Brenner will represent Routt County, voters in all CMC districts weighed in on the race. In Routt County, Brenner received 2,494 votes to Fielding’s 1,771.

In other CMC board races, challenger Kathy Goudy ousted Stan Orr, president of the Colorado Mountain College board of trustees, in her bid for the eastern Garfield County trustee seat.

In Lake County, challenger Pat Chlouber appeared to have ousted Wes Duran, the CMC board treasurer and the other incumbent seeking re-election.

The results from balloting in the six-county college district were:

■ Kathy Goudy over Stan Orr for the Eastern Garfield County District 2 seat, 10,885 to 8,737

■ Robert Taylor over Richard Hague for the Summit County District 4 seat, 10,392 to 7,237

■ Ken Brenner over John Fielding for the Routt County District 5 seat, 10,386 to 9,049

■ Pat Chlouber over Wes Duran for the Lake County District 6 seat, 9,946 to 9,181

Brenner, a former Steamboat Springs City Council president, and Fielding both supported CMC’s expansion of their Alpine Campus in Steamboat as well as the college’s addition of two four-year degree programs.

Brenner previously said his first priority as a CMC trustee would be to create a PowerPoint presentation the board could use to show communities how substantial the college system has become. He also said he would work to strengthen the Alpine Campus’ relationship with Routt County’s public school districts by supporting the growing dual-enrollment program.

Fielding said he ran for the CMC board to improve the relationship between the city of Steamboat Springs and the Alpine Campus. He also proposed that all CMC students be required to take courses in American citizenship, substance abuse and English comprehension.

The Steamboat Today contributed to this report.

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