Schillaci and the three new council members will join current councilmembers Mayor Bob Delves, Cath Jett and Richard Child, when they are sworn in at the July 21 meeting. Council will elect mayor and mayor pro-tem at that time.
The four replace Jonathan Greenspan and Dan Garner, who reached the end of their two-term limits in June, and Chris Cox, who completed his appointed term on council and did not seek reelection.
The Tuesday June 28 mail-ballot election saw 338 ballots cast – less than half of the 763 ballots mailed to registered voters in early June. As has been the case in many Mountain Village elections, election results were decided by only a few votes, with a mere five votes separating the third- and fifth-highest vote getters. Bronson and Howe won seats with 181 votes and 179 votes, respectively, while Michelle Sherry did not garner a position on Council receiving just three votes less than Howe (176 votes.)
Jansen was the day’s highest vote-getter, garnering a total of 278 votes, while incumbent Schillaci was next with 238 votes.
“I am excited by the opportunity to serve the people of Mountain Village. I appreciate all of the support expressed in this election as we begin the hard work of improving our wonderful community,” Jansen said in a statement Tuesday night.
New Mountain Village Councilmember Howe echoed Jansen’s appreciation to the voters for support throughout his candidacy, noting, “I don’t come into this role with any end in mind, but simply want to serve the community any way I can.” Howe emphasized that he would focus on the town’s financial future, currently on shaky ground. Incumbent Schillaci said of his stance as he moves into his next term, “I try and look at issues in a balanced way that attempts to represent all constituents. That said, my background as a working person in this community means I’ll always have the working person in mind.”
Bronson was not available for comment.