FIRESTONE — Firestone voter Jennifer Grieco said life is just fine in the small town, thanks in some part to the trustees voters have put on the town board.
“I like what they are doing so far; why fix what’s not broken?” she said after casting her ballot Tuesday, voting for all four incumbent candidates.
The majority of Firestone voters expressed similar sentiments and kept the current board intact by re-electing Mayor Mike Simone and trustees Sharon Falcone, Charlie Thomas and Butch Walb to another term in office.
The win over mayoral candidate Trent John and trustee challenger Erin McCarty comes as Simone and the board continue hammering out differences with the St. Vrain Valley School District over the need and financial responsibility for a school resource officer at Coal Ridge Middle School in Firestone.
After hearing about the “team” win by incumbents, Simone said it’s a confirmation of the board’s leadership.
“What the election said is: How many times do we have to tell the school district that we will take care of our own business?” Simone said.
Simone, a chiropractor, won his seat back over John on a vote of 357 to 216.
John, a former Firestone police officer who was supposed to be the school resource officer in Firestone, told voters that he could create a better relationship with the school board.
Simone told voters that the town is on the path to mending ties with the district.
“I hope (Mayor Simone) is honest and sincere about extending that olive branch,” John said. “I hope the town board can fix some of things that, in my opinion, they have damaged.”
John said he enjoyed running for office and that he may consider another run in the future.
In the trustee races, Thomas was the top vote-getter, with 467, followed by Falcone, 444; Walb, 405; and McCarty, 314. The top three won seats on the board.
Simone, Walb, Falcone and Thomas hugged each other and cheered at a party at Simone’s house after learning of the win.
“We did it again,” Simone yelled upon hearing the news. “We all won.”
Simone and fellow incumbents also carried the slate in the last board election in 2004, setting up a six-year run for the current trustees if they all complete their turns.
“I think our board has done a really good job in the last four years,” Thomas said.
The incumbents ran on a platform of paving roads in the town, bringing in grocery stores, furniture stores and restaurants, acquiring parks and keeping taxes relatively low.
For Walb, four more years on the board will give him 20 years as a trustee. Term limits, though, will make this his last stint on the board.
“Just continue doing what we are doing,” Walb said of the next four years. Then he added that he would like to work on a better relationship with the school board.
“We need to do that,” he said.
Also in Tuesday’s election, Firestone voters overwhelming approved Ballot Issue 1A, 418 to 97, allowing the city to sell 30 acres of right of way along the old Union Pacific Railroad to Dacono for $8,000 to be used as a trail.
Douglas Crowl can be reached at 303-684-5253, or by e-mail at email@example.com.