Wellington voters have elected Calar Chaussee as mayor and Brian Mason, Shirrell Tietz and Dave Wiegand as new members of the town’s Board of Trustees.
The town released unofficial results about 4 p.m. Wednesday. A total of 2,095 people voted in the election.
The crowded Wellington Board of Trustee race included three mayoral candidates vying for a four-year term and eight trustee candidates vying for three four-year trustee positions.
Chaussee received 887 votes, or about 43% of the total votes for mayor. Candidate Wyatt Schwendeman-Curtis was in second place with 706 votes, and candidate Ashley Macdonald received 475 votes.
Chaussee emphasized in his campaign that he was just a regular guy rather than a politician. His platform focused on responsible management of Wellington’s budget, improving public safety by pursuing an independent police department, and promoting responsible growth by attracting businesses and ensuring that development pays its way.
Reached Wednesday, he said he was happy about the voter turnout, which was significantly higher than the town’s 2020 election.
“I just want to thank God and the volunteers and everybody that supported me,” he said. “We’re going to do really great things for the town, and it’s going to be awesome.”
For the trustee positions, voters picked three candidates from the slate of eight, and the three highest vote-getters were elected. Mason received 1,004 votes, Tietz received 956 votes and Wiegand received 820 votes.
Mason said Wednesday that he’s “absolutely thrilled and humbled” to have won a seat on the board.
“I really look forward to doing great things with the mayor and the new trustees that have been elected,” Mason said. “I think the next four years are going to be absolutely awesome and we’ll do some big stuff for the town.”
Once sworn in, Mason hopes to prioritize working on the transportation situation at County Roads 9 and 32E, saying it’s “problematic” that the town hasn’t made more progress with the new school year quickly approaching.
Tietz and Wiegand couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.
The other trustee candidates were incumbent Timothy Whitehouse (752 votes), Lisa Chollet (726 votes), Lowrey Moyer (682 votes), incumbent Wyatt Knutson (479 votes) and Melanie Murphy (458 votes).
No incumbents won seats on the board. Though they had varying perspectives, most candidates highlighted water, traffic and growth issues in their campaigns.
The town will announce official results April 15. The new mayor and trustees will be sworn in later this month.
The Coloradoan is reaching out to candidates for comments. This story will be updated.
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