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KSUT Regional
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Durango Voters Turn Out Two Incumbent Councilors
(2007-04-04)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango voters have turned two incumbent councilors out of office.
Results of this years election dramatically shift the make up of the city's policy making board.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports on the election results and their impact.

VICTOR: The crowd at Carver's was jubilant.
That's where Durango Attorney Leigh Meigs, bookseller Michael Rendon and stay at home dad, writer and open space board chairman Scott Graham gathered, and celebrated their wins of three contested Durango city council seats.
The victory party began shortly after results of the mail-in election were tabulated last night after polling ended at 7pm.
Meigs, who ran on a platform of measured growth, finished first out of a field of eight, with just over 21-hundred votes.
MEIGS: I THINK THAT THE PEOPLE OF DURANGO ARE LOOKING FOR, YOU KNOW, OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW. WE'VE GOT SOME NEW IDEAS AND I THINK WE'VE REALLY LED THE WAY, SCOTT AND MICHAEL AND I, IN GETTING THOSE ACROSS IN A VERY COMMON SENSE AND PRACTICAL WAY.
Rendon, who touted sustainability and environmental issues, captured 1893 votes to finish second.
RENDON: I FEEL GREAT. I THINK IT SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE THAT ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL, THE STATE LEVEL AND THE CITY LEVEL, PEOPLE WANT PROGRESSIVE CHANGE AND THIS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THAT. AND AS WELL THEY WANT COMMON SENSE PEOPLE WHO CAN RELATE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO CAN MOVE FORWARD ON THEIR PROGRESSIVE AGENDA.
Meigs and Rendon will serve four years.
Graham, who also campaigned on growth issues, and in particular in support of open space acquisition, tallied 1697 votes to win a two year term, essentially completing the term of Virginia Castro who resigned six months after being the top vote getter in 2005.
GRAHAM: VERY GOOD, YEH, I'M JUST PROUD TO BE A DURANGOAN RIGHT NOW. A LOT OF LEARNING, STEEP LEARNING CURVE FROM WHAT I HEAR. I DO KNOW THAT I'VE REALLY ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW LEIGH AND MICHAEL DURING THE CAMPAIGN AND THEY'RE BOTH GREAT PEOPLE, AND SO I THINK THE PEOPLE OF DURANGO CAN BE REALLY HAPPY WITH THE PEOPLE THEY SELECTED TO BE ON COUNCIL.
Incumbent Councilor and Mayor Sidny Zink finished fourth, failing to win re-election by a margin of 49-votes behind Graham.
She told me she was disappointed in the results, she's enjoyed serving the city, but voters have chosen to go in new directions.
The other incumbent running, Tom Howley, finished sixth in the field of eight behind Linda Geer, with Jerry Swingle and Peter Tregillus seventh and eighth.
Just shy of 60-percent of active city voters cast ballots.

The results could signal a significant philosophical shift on council.
First term councilor Renee Parsons, not up for re-election, has found herself in the minority often during her first two years.
She shares many of the same ideas about growth, sustainability and open space as Meigs, Rendon and Graham.
She exchanged vigorous hugs with each in celebration last night and said she welcomes their wins.
PARSONS: I'M SO HAPPY WE'VE ELECTED THREE NEW MEMBERS OF COUNCIL WHO WILL BE AND ARE GOING TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND NOT THE ECONOMIC INTERESTS IN TOWN. I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO BE FREE SPIRITS AND THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THEM, BUT I THINK HELP HAS ARRIVED.
The first order of business for the new councilors will be electing a new mayor, considered a symbolic job, but one none the less with some influence over council actions.
That job traditionally has gone to the mayor pro-tem, presently Doug Lyon.
Parsons says she'd be interested in the job.
PARSONS: I HAVEN'T HAD ANY CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE ABOUT THAT EITHER THESE THREE INDIVIDUALS HERE WHO WERE ELECTED THIS EVENING OR ANYONE ELSE ABOUT THAT, BUT I WOULD CERTAINLY BE OPEN TO IT.
Neither Meigs or Graham would commit one way or the other.
Rendon says he likes Lyon and gets along with him well, but hasn't put much thought into who should be mayor.
The three councilors will be sworn into office, and select the mayor, April 17th.
Again, Leigh Meigs, Michael Rendon and Scott Graham, winners of three Durango City Council seats in this years election.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.

TAG: Text and audio of this story can be found on the web at ksut.org.

2007 DURANGO CITY ELECTION RESULTS

*LEIGH MEIGS 2123 (4 Year Term)

*MICHAEL RENDON 1893 (4 Year Term)

*SCOTT GRAHAM 1697 (2 Year Term)

SYDNY ZINK (I) 1648

LINDA GEER 1183

TOM HOWLEY (I) 965

JERRY SWINGLE 916

PETER TREGILLUS 573
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