Ed Morlan has won a seat on Bayfield's Town Board after election judges found an error in the vote tally from the April
Initially, Monty McMinn received 71 votes, resulting in a tie with incumbent Debbi Renfro. A recount showed McMinn
received 66 votes, putting him in a tie with Ed Morlan.
To break the tie, the names of the two candidates were printed, folded and placed in a bag. Both candidates were
present Friday as Morlan's name was drawn, awarding him a seat.
Morlan will be seated for his two-year term during the April 20 meeting. He will replace Brandon Luter.
The recount was requested after Mayor Rick Smith and Town Clerk Marianne Jones examined the election results and found
the election judge's tally of votes did not match the final results presented to the board.
Election judges reconvened last Friday and unanimously agreed that an error had been made during the calculation of
Morlan said he was informed of the mistake Friday morning.
I thought about stepping down and letting Monty have it, but then I realized that wouldn't be fair to the people who
voted for me," Morlan said Monday.
Morlan has served as a trustee on past Bayfield boards and was chairman of the board of directors for the town's
sanitation district. He probably is best known for his work as executive director of the Region 9 Economic Development
District, a position he still holds.
In the April 6 election, seven candidates ran for four seats on the board.
The top three candidates - Tom Au, Gabe Candelaria and Debbi Renfro - all received four-year terms, while Morlan
received a two-year term.
After the election, the board remained largely unchanged; Au, Candelaria, and Renfro all were incumbents.
Outgoing Trustee Brandon Luter said he declined to seek re-election because he was accepted into dental school at the
University of Colorado in Denver.
I will be leaving at the end of August to go to school in early September. Otherwise I believe I would have
Patrick Young is an intern at
The Durango Herald.