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Hassig, Laird and Sparhawk prevail in Carbondale Trustee election; voters overwhelmingly approve new aquatics center

Carbondale Parks and Recreation Dept.
"All in favor ... raise both hands!" Residents enjoy a water aerobics class at the John M. Fleet Pool in Carbondale. Voters approved the construction of a new aquatics center to replace the over 40-year-old facility.

Incumbent Erica Sparhawk received the most votes of any trustee candidate with 990, followed by Chris Hassig with 730 votes. Colin Laird pulled in 684 votes and earned the final open seat on the Board of Trustees. At 569 votes, incumbent Luis Yllanes landed in fourth and was not re-elected — but hasn't ruled out a bid for the seat left vacant by Ben Bohmfalk, who ran unopposed for mayor (and received 1,148 votes). The most popular item on the ballot? A replacement for Carbondale's aging John M. Fleet Municipal Pool. A ballot question asking voters to approve $8 million in debt — with repayment not to exceed $14.43 million — sailed through, with nearly 78 percent of votes in favor of the project. Construction of a new aquatics center will not entail a tax increase for town residents, but will instead utilize an existing 0.5% sales and use tax dedicated to parks and rec projects. A note: Chris Hassig is vice president of KDNK's Board of Directors. Below are the complete election results.


Ben Bohmfalk 1,148


Colin Laird 684

Luis Yllanes 569

Zane Kessler 418

Chris Hassig 730

Erica Sparhawk 990

Jess Robison 309

Colin Quinn 393

Frosty Merriott 353


Yes 1,305

No 372

Morgan is KDNK's News Director. He comes to KDNK with public radio passion and experience. He was a news host, reporter, and opps guy at APR and also worked with Pitkin County for a couple of years. He says that getting back to public radio and reporting is where he wants to be.