Herald Democrat — MARCH 17, 2016 — PAGE 7
Some steps at caucus apparently were not carried out Continued from page 1 they would likely vote for when nominated. The vote on whether to invalidate the delegates of Precinct 5 was taken by the Credentials Committee of the Democratic Committee, formerly composed of Littlepage, Olsen, Lily Vigil, and Jennifer Wadsworth. Because Olsen and Littlepage resigned from the committee, only Vigil and Wadsworth voted on the challenge. Both voted to keep the delegates. Schaefer wrote that a delegate expressing his preferences fundamentally violated statutes for the caucus due to the way it may influence other voters. “A declaration for one candidate is a direct non-declaration against another candidate and therefore violates the rule,” Schaefer said. “The time for voicing preference of
candidates is after delegates are selected and votes cast at the County Assembly, not beforehand.” Schaefer went on to say that if the delegates in Precinct 5 were thrown out, the majority of delegates in other precincts should also be thrown out. “Additionally I have been made aware that this practice was carried out in other precinct caucuses as well,” Schaefer said. “I urge the Credentials Committee to investigate this, and if it is found to be true, I further urge the committee to invalidate any delegates elected in this fashion.” County commissioner candidate Tina Tekansik agreed with Schaefer stating she has never seen a caucus where nominees state their preferences. “I thought the entire caucus was corrupt,” Tekansik said. Vigil also voiced her opinion that the way the caucus was run did violate the rules.
“That’s what we’re objecting to,” Vigil said. “They were trying to get like-minded people to vote for each other, and that is against the rules.” Former vice chair Bud Elliott stated that a Credentials Committee member should not have a preformed opinion. “If you’re objecting you can’t be on the Credential Committee,” Elliott challenged. Rohan Roy, who submitted a letter to the Democratic Committee, said if the delegate nominees didn’t state their preference, the caucus would not have been a democratic process. “Is this not the definition of democracy? With no idea where delegates stood wouldn’t the caucus just be a popularity contest?” Roy wrote. “By announcing I was a delegate who supported Bernie Sanders, who won the straw poll, I easily received the most votes as a delegate. Without announcing who I was supporting, there
could have easily been a complete travesty of democracy.” Malin Bengtsson, a member of Precinct 4, said she spent weeks educating herself and other people about the caucus process only to be disappointed by how it was run. “By the end, I came away feeling that this was a very undemocratic process. I felt disenfranchised as a voter. I had worked really hard, and with lots of other people; I’m getting upset. This is upsetting.” Bengtsson said “By the time I left I felt embarrassed that I invited anyone to the caucus.” Vigil attempted to bring the Credentials Committee into an executive session to decide on whether or not to invalidate the caucus. The decision was instead made in an open meeting after objections from members of the committee. Caucus rules not followed The Colorado rules for the running of a caucus were likely not followed during the cau-
cus held on March 1. A math work-sheet, according to the Colorado rules, was supposed to be filled out after a presidential candidate preference poll. That worksheet would later be used to form a preference group “Divide the caucus into their respective preference groups. Each group will elect the delegates and alternates allotted to that group b a s e d on the preference poll,” the caucus rules read. Neither of these steps was carried out consistently in every precinct, according to Democratic Vice Chair Abby Long. “If we had broken into these groups we would not have to state our preferences,” Long said. “This broke down far before the caucus was held.” The Democratic County Assembly will be held with all delegates intact 10 a.m. this Saturday.
Recycling, other skijoring issues to be reviewed by council by Ryan Fitzmaurice Herald Staff Writer Leadville City Council will be discussing several issues pertaining to this year’s skijoring event, including a failure to provide recycling at the event; a direct violation of their multi-year conditional use permit with the city. Greg Labbe, mayor of Leadville, said the council will discuss five issues related to skijoring in a meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday March 15. While one of those issues
has been confirmed to be the violation of skijoring’s CUP, Labbe would not share what the other subjects would be. The multi-year CUP granted by the city is the first multiyear CUP the city has approved, and lasts until 2018. The city is able to amend or revoke the CUP if any changes or violations occur. The conditional use permit explicitly states recycling be provided at the event. “That this event would be advertised as a dog-free event,
and that recycling be provided by the applicant,” the conditional use permit, enacted on Feb. 2, reads. Paul Copper, head organizer for the skijoring event said the event had canisters at the event for recycling, but said it was Barb Brink in charge of recycling and not himself. As of press-time, Brink was not available for comment. Copper also said the event made sure to recycle any branches on the course. Cloud City Conservation
said if skijoring did provide recycling it wasn’t through them, Executive Director of C4 Lynn Westerfield said. Brink did contact C4 the night before the event, but it was too short notice for C4 staff to be involved, Westerfield said. According to Westerfield, skijoring was told the recycling canisters were still available for skijoring to pick up free of charge. Westerfield said skijoring failed to pick up any canisters
for the event. “Not to my knowledge, no, skijoring did not pick up any canisters,” Westerfield said. “And they wouldn’t have taken them unless I had knowledge of it.” Labbe said the city should not have used skijoring to test out the idea of a multi-year CUP. “‘I’m going to chop this up to a rookie mistake,” Labbe said. “I had faith in an organization, and I didn’t really have the experience.”
Work on high school garners award for construction company Adolfson & Peterson Construction announced that its work on the Lake County High School addition and renovations in Leadville has earned the company a National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the Institutional $10 to $25
million project category. Representatives from the company received the award March 2 during ABC’s 26th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The renovations and addition to the existing Lake County High School
created a high-performing, 21st-century learning environment for students while reflecting Leadville’s natural environment and history. The entire school is now outfitted with new technology, security camera system, 65-inch LCD screens in each classroom, and new furniture.
Extensive planning was taken by the project team for the harsh seasonal conditions. The project was completed during a winter with so much snow the school district canceled school for a snow day for only the second time in 100 years. Working on a fully occupied campus also located across
from the hospital required coordinating steel erection with emergency helicopter flights. The school was open for both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. The project encompassed three separate additions that nearly doubled the size of the school.
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