wins Ketchum Council
Express Staff Writer
By a solid
margin Tuesday, Ketchum voters elected Baird Gourlay to Seat 1 on the
Ketchum City Council in the city’s first runoff election.
Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the past two and a half
years, amassed 360 votes to Anne Corrock’s 264, a 37 percent margin in
obviously looking forward to serving and helping," Gourlay said after
the results were announced. "I’m really looking forward to
Of the city’s
1,969 registered voters, 626, or 32 percent, voted in the runoff election.
That number is significantly smaller than the Nov. 6 election’s 56
election culminated more than two months of campaigning for the two
candidates, both of whom said the runoff was unnecessary and extravagant.
In the Nov.
6 election, Gourlay, Corrock and Millie Wiggins vied for Seat 1, but none
of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the total votes cast
for the seat. Gourlay amassed 460 votes to Corrock’s 379, an 8 percent
margin in Gourlay’s favor. Wiggins drew 193 votes.
to the city’s recently-revised election regulations, a city council
candidate must obtain more than 50 percent of the votes cast to win a
seat. The 50 percent mark on Nov. 6 was 516 votes.
percentage changed drastically, Gourlay and Corrock were separated by
approximately 100 votes in both elections.
much the same thing occurred," Gourlay said. "It pretty much
proved that we didn’t need to have a runoff. We could have been spending
our time trying to solve problems instead of campaigning."
To hold a
runoff is "ludicrous," he said.
added that he has been encouraged the past several weeks about
conversations he’s had with Mayor-elect Ed Simon.
think he wants to work on a lot of the same things I do," he said.
"We just want to make Ketchum a better place to live."
extended thanks to his supporters, "and to the opposite side, I hope
I surprise them with my contributions to the community."
City Council will canvass the election results at a meeting at noon today
at Ketchum City Hall.