Jett and Child to Retain Their Positions, Michelle Sherry Will Fill Third Open Seat
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The deadline for submitting a letter of interest to run in Mountain Village’s regular municipal election to fill three Town Council seats came and went last Friday, and with only three candidates expressing an interest to run, the June election has been cancelled.
Incumbent Richard Child and Catherine Jett will retain their seats, while newcomer Michelle Sherry will fill the seat vacated by Councilmember Bob Delves. Delves is term limited after serving on council for eight years, and as mayor for almost six of those years. All three candidates will be considered elected as of June 25, and the new council will convene July 18.
“Mountain Village has an exceptional council in terms of being involved and caring,” Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick said. “In my humble opinion, the lack of additional candidates reflects the confidence the constituents have in the current council’s abilities to make informed decisions.”
In light of this event, the town expects to save approximately $5,000 plus countless hours of staff time, by not having to execute an election. According to Kennefick, the last time a town election was cancelled was in 1999.
Both Child and Jett were first elected in 2009 and in June will come to the end of their four-year terms. Sherry ran for a Town Council seat in 2011, but was defeated. In that election, Mountain Village voters put incumbent Dave Schillaci, and new members Dan Jansen, Jonette Bronson, and John Howe into office.
Sherry, the only new member to council, has lived in Mountain Village for over 20 years and with her husband Paul, who owns Telluride Land Works and Telluride Snow Removal. She is also a member of the Mountain Village’s Design Review Board, and has been a boardmember on two local homeowner association boards.