Steamboat Springs Two Hayden School Board incumbents have been re-elected, but outstanding votes could determine who wins the third open seat. A recount also might be necessary.
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According to unofficial results, Brian Hoza and Tim Frentress Sr. won re-election. Frentress won with 468 votes. With 410 votes, Hoza received the second-highest tally.
Three of the total 1,629 votes cast in the race separate candidates Sharon Johnson and Medora Fralick. Fralick received 377 votes, and Johnson earned 374 votes.
Ballots that have not been counted could change those numbers.
There still are at least 72 ballots from Routt County voters that have not been counted, but it was not known Tuesday night how many of those are from voters in the Hayden School District.
The West Routt Fire Protection District mill levy vote also potentially could be impacted by those uncounted ballots.
There were 7,321 votes cast in the entire county, and Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland said there are an additional 47 ballots that had issues and were not counted. For example, the ballots were not signed by the voter or the signature did not match records. Letters will be sent Wednesday to the owners of those ballots, and they have until Nov. 14 to fix the problem with their ballot.
In addition to those 47 ballots, there are an additional 25 ballots that will be counted at a later time. Those ballots have been set aside to protect the identity of the voters who own the 47 ballots.
Ballots from those overseas must have been postmarked by 7 p.m. Tuesday, and they still can be counted if they arrive at the clerk’s office within a certain number of days, Weinland said.
Once an audit is done and the vote is made official, a difference of just a couple of votes might warrant a recount in the race, according to state voting laws.
With such a close race, Hoza said it is unfortunate there are not seats available for everyone who ran, but he was pleased with the outcome.
“I appreciate the support,” Hoza said. “There are some important things coming up. I look forward to working with the board, the community and the staff.”
Frentress agreed that there are important issues facing the board in the near future, including funding for the district.
“I’m pleased,” Frentress said. “I’m looking forward to doing what’s best for our school district here and continuing on with the progress we’ve made.”
To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland
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