2018 Municipal election

February 21, 2018

Tootin' their own horns - candidate info

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This page will be updated often, check back for more info as it develops.

Overall, we're surprised at the lack of original ideas and general regurgitation of what the already identified struggles are in our community, without specific solutions, especially from incumbents (which is why they need to go). Also missing is the ELEPHANT in the room- THE LOOP. This highway project remains a hot community topic that makes citizens angry, and despite some uninformed candidates sources, the project could be stopped if the community was against it. How do we know if the community is against it? Take a public vote. Let's see if any of he candidates talk about it before the election.


Carlie Bangs
Website: https://carlieforestes.weebly.com/about.html
Time in Estes Park: 9 years
Pros: Young candidate (is that a pro when you don't know much about local issues?)
Cons: In favor of The Loop
Our opinion: [DO NOT ELECT]She admitted that she 'never goes downtown' and probably has no concept of what makes Estes Park special to millions of visitors, which is why she's OK with The Loop. She's an EVICS supporter, and perhaps even a single issue candidate (go childcare, go).

Marie Cenac
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Time in Estes Park: 21 years
Pros: Against construction of The Loop. This alone earns double points with us. She understands and can articulate the long term effect of this project on the future of Estes Park.
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Our opinion: [ELECT] More info to come.

Michelle Hiland
Website: http://michellehiland.com/
Time in Estes Park: 5 years
Pros: Has time (apparently) to be involved in town meetings and researching issues; Nice campaign website- takes a position on issues
Cons: Holds on like a bulldog, even if things look bleak. Is this a bad thing? Sometimes, cut bait is the right call.
Our opinion: [UNDECIDED] FYI, her (boyfriend/husband?) partner is fellow candidate Art Messal if that matters.

"His Majesty" Bob Holcomb (incumbent)
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Time in Estes Park: 8 years
Pros: He was funny acting in Back Pew Creations melodrama at the Community Church
Cons: Against public vote about The Loop; Spends a lot traveling to meetings that ?? benefit the Town; Fell asleep during a public meeting with 400+ people in attendance; Hears you talk, doesn't listen, does what he already decided to do; Relies on others for opinions and rarely offers new information or ideas
Our opinion: [DO NOT ELECT]Hell no. Bob has thumbed his nose at The People since he took office; Hears you talk, but doesn't listen. He has stood before a sold out crowd at a public meeting and said "The trustees know more than The People and we will make this decision- I am against a public vote". If you vote for Bob, you have given into his personal appeal and you have not paid attention to his actual performance. Please, do not elect this man.

Barbara MacAlpine
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Time in Estes Park: 4 years
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Our opinion: [UNDECIDED] We just don't know much, at all, about Ms MacAlpine.

Art Messal
Website: http://www.artmessal.com/
Time in Estes Park: 26 years
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Our opinion: [UNDECIDED] Art irritated everyone we know for the first many months of his speeches about right and wrong in front fo the town board meetings. He is smart, and he has made some cogent arguments for the future of Estes Park. We are doing more recon before deciding how to vote. FYI, his (girlfriend/wife?) partner is fellow candidate Michelle Hiland if that matters.

Ward Nelson (incumbent)
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Time in Estes Park: 10 years
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Our opinion: [DO NOT ELECT] We have watched Ward watch the proceedings go by, then jump in only when it's his pet project for almost 4 full years. His favorites are downtown development, and something else important (to him).

David Shirk
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Time in Estes Park: 18 years
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Our opinion: [ELECT] Dave worked as a planner for the Town of Estes Park for many years. Ask any contractor or business owner, he was always even keeled and honest. He also lived in Estes Park and participated in the community, which unlike the current community development planners, made him perfect for the job. He was well trained, worked well with community and represented the Town well as an employee. It was very mysterious when Dave announced several years ago that he was 'leaving for family reasons' very abruptly during some leadership changes in the department. He left as the department started changing, hiring people that lived in other towns and arrived with agendas, then took offense that they were not properly appreciated by everyone (reference planner resignation from January 2018). Dave cares about Estes Park, is not a showoff, is more humble than anyone you know, has the education and inside experience to responsibly serve as a representative of you as a voter. He did not pay us to endorse him, and we are basing all of our recommendation off of his performance and personality from the last decade+, as many of us have been 'interviewing' him for this job since we met him. No reservations.

Scott Webermeier
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Time in Estes Park: 58 years
Pros: Experience on EDC, VEP, EPMC Foundation, Park School District boards, etc- but never for long.
Cons: Experience on EDC, VEP, EPMC Foundation, Park School District boards, etc- but never for long.
Our opinion: [DO NOT ELECT] Scott has been around the block in his 58 years in Estes Park, but that's not always a good thing. For many years now, different 'watchdogs' have kept tabs on local events, hearken back to Louis O'Riordan, Patrick Cipolla and the Estesparkian blog, which outlined some reasons NOT to elect Webermeier back in October of 2007. It's worth a read of you're thinking of putting Scott into the most powerful position in local leadership. We will not be voting for Scott, too much at stake and too many questions unanswered in the midst of some other qualified candidates. 

Read the Estesparkian for yourself from October 2007

Ken Zornes
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Time in Estes Park: 3 years
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Our opinion: [UNDECIDED] We're still gathering information despite Mr Zornes being the newest member of Estes Park on this list of candidates

February 6, 2018

The Election is Coming

The Town of Estes Park will hold the next regular Municipal Election Tuesday, April 3, 2018, as a mail ballot-only election for three seats on the Board of Trustees. Voters will determine who will occupy seats currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Koenig and Trustees Bob Holcomb and Ward Nelson. Mayor Pro Tem Koenig is term-limited. Trustees Holcomb and Nelson are eligible to run for an additional four-year term.

There are 10 certified candidates that will appear on the ballot, we haven't heard about any write-in candidates yet.

Carlie Bangs, Marie Cenac, Michelle Hiland, His Majesty Bob Holcomb (incumbent), Barbara MacAlpine, Art Messal, Ward Nelson (incumbent), Dave Shirk, Scott Webermeier, Ken Zornes

What a group. One person doesn't seem to know all of the candidates personally, which means there's some variety- so we can't quickly pick winners and losers based on our own experience. Therefore we will evaluate them and share what we know with you. First (because it's so easy), how long the candidates have lived in Estes Park. Being a long time resident doesn't necessarily mean you're the best person for the job. It does mean that your track record is known and if there's a chink in the armor, this is where it comes out. This should be an area to worry about for a couple of candidates, and it's never too early to say "Ah, I changed my mind"... If you're running for town trustee in 2018 you can expect that the citizens are going to do their due diligence, since there's no standard set by the town for criminal background or moral standards, which kind of hurt us at the last election, but more on that set of hidden surprises later (or in other already published articles on this site).

Being new to town isn't the right time to run for the top office- you can't mitigate being new no matter what experience you bring with you. Ruling the land requires a familiarity, and as we have seen in the last 4 years, the community suffers when arrogance (election gone to your head) takes priority over being a representative of the voters who put you there.

** Correction: Webermeier time in EP should be 58 years according to the bio he provided; Dave shirk should be listed at 18 years (per bio). Map update coming.

Lets be careful this time, voters! Here's how the years stack up: