Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Valley voters make their choices

Haemmerle wins in Hailey; Briscoe new Sun Valley mayor


Voters in Wood River Valley cities went to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8, to weigh in on several important races for public office and ballot measures that could affect their lifestyles, their services and their tax bills.

In Ketchum, voters decided whether to change the form of government and whether to extend the city's collection of local-option taxes for the next 15 years.

In Sun Valley, voters decided who should serve as the city's mayor and who should fill two of the city's four legislative seats. Sun Valley voters also decided on a $14,150,000 general obligation bond to fund road and path projects and a new fire truck.

In Hailey, residents chose from four candidates for mayor and another three candidates in the city's only contested race for City Council. Also on the ballot was an initiative asking whether citizens want to ban the distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags in the city.

In Bellevue, voters were asked to pick three of five candidates for City Council, and whether they want to approve a proposed $375,000 bond issue to support the Fire Department.

Here are the results—winners are in bold type:


Ballot Question: Renew local-option tax for 15 years
Yes or No. Needs 60% to pass

Yes - 76% 751
No - 24% 239

Council/Manager Ballot Initiative

Yes 440
No 582



Dewayne Briscoe 244
Wayne Willich 222

City Council - (Top two win)

Michelle Griffith 322
Joan Lamb 158
Stephen Poindexter 90
Franz Suhadolnik 198

Approve $14 million bond for infrastructure? Needs 66% to pass

Yes - 64% 294
No - 36% 166



Rick Davis 350
Fritz Haemmerle 662
Mark Johnstone 158
Geoffrey Moore 298

City Council - (One seat)

Pat Cooley 774
Peter Lobb 266
Bob Weiderrick 350

Ballot Question: Plastic Bag Ban?

Yes 620
No 864


City Council - (Top three get seats)

Amber Avila 248
Dave Hattula 218
Janet Duffy 259
Shaun Mahoney 217
Tammy Eaton 164

Approve $375,000 bond issue to support Fire Department?
Needs 66% approval to pass

Yes - 58% 226
No - 42% 164

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