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Election results for CNCC Board of Control solidified

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— It's been 20 years since candidates have had to vie for seats on Colorado Northwestern Community College's Board of Control, but this year brought five highly qualified candidates to the table for three at-large seats.

Formally known as the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control, the board's last election was in 1995 due to a lack of competition for seats, according to Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod.

Competition was fierce this year however, with the three seats going to former Craig Mayor Terry Carwile, Anson Excavating owner Mike Anson and Director of Educator Effectiveness for Moffat County School District Zack Allen.

Carwile had the highest number of votes at 1,640, followed by Anson’s 1,615 and Allen at 1,219.

Dave DeRose came in fourth at 1,156 — 63 votes behind Allen — and Tamilyn Fager at 870.

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The five-member board also currently includes Jennifer Riley and Lois Wymore.

Incumbents included DeRose and Allen, who were both appointed mid-term, and Anson, who served a full four-year term.

"We'll have a new member in Mr. Carwile and I'm excited to get to work by him," Allen said.

The college's Craig campus has seen growth in enrollment for the past three years, and the newly seated board will have big decisions to make about how to continue that growth through the next four years.

"We need to… keep focusing on keeping our enrollment up because that's basically what pays the bills," Anson said. "(We're looking at) trying to establish more programs and look into some possible housing for out-of-town students so we can generate some income from out-of-town students coming in."

The board began brainstorming ideas for how and when to add student housing at its October meeting. The college is also beginning the accreditation process to add four-year degrees in business and dental hygiene to the college's offerings.

"I think this board is just getting off the ground with the new campus and the potential for four-year degrees and starting down the road with being a residential campus," Carwile said. "I'm very pleased to have a hand in helping accomplish all of that."

Many city officials and community leaders are also looking to the college's continued growth as an important economic driver for Craig, especially as the region’s coal industry continues to take fire from lawsuits and new federal regulations.

"I hope we can continue the great things we've been doing and keep moving the college forward… to become the economic driver we all hope we can be for our community," Anson said.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

CNCC Board of Control Election Results

Of 6,500 total votes cast, the votes were tallied as follows:

Terry Carwile, 1,640; 25.23 percent

Mike Anson, 1,615; 24.85 percent

Zack Allen, 1,219; 18.75 percent

Dave DeRose, 1,156; 17.78 percent

Tamilyn Fager, 870; 13.38 percent

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