Carwile leads voting for City Council

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Some would say the third time's a charm, but Terry Carwile thinks that "persistence pays."

Carwile was the top vote getter in Tuesday's Craig City Council election.

"I'd like to thank the community for their support and say that I'm here, I'm available and I'll work as hard as I possibly can for the people of Craig, Colorado."

Carwile earned 364 votes in an election that didn't boast the lowest voter turnout, but it was close.

He was followed closely by incumbent Bill Johnston with 334 votes, and Byron Willems at 295.

Johnston said he was pleased with how residents voted.

"I kind of like the voter's choices. I think the council will remain in the same direction it has been," he said.

Willems, who has worked with Johnston for nearly two decades on the Craig Fire Department, also said he thinks voters elected a council that will work well together.

"It came out exactly the way I thought it would," he said. "It'll be fun, but there's a big learning curve. Being in Craig nearly all my life, I know kind of how the city works, but not totally, so I've got a lot to learn."

Don Jones, a city council member who ran uncontested for mayor, garnered 460 votes. The chosen four will be sworn in as the first order of business April 12.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers at Craig City Hall.

Ten percent of the city's 5,334 registered voters had something to say about the makeup of the Craig City Council. On Tuesday, 549 voters cast ballots. Two of those were cast provisionally, so they have to be verified before they can be counted.

Election judge Ada McArthur said voters arrived at the polls in a steady stream throughout the day.

"For a city race with no issues on the ballot and no contest for mayor, this is fantastic," she said.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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