The town of Green Mountain Falls is bustling with a record volley of political signs as the community is bracing itself for another contentious and competitive election season, with eight candidates vying for a mayor’s seat and three trustee positions.
In fact, as one local elected leader noted last week, the classic 1970 Les Emmerson song, “Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign,” may become the new slogan for Green Mountain Falls during this election season. In fact, it is virtually impossible to avoid the bold plethora of campaign displays when driving through town these days.
This amount of interest in GMF politics is unprecedented, with such issues as roads, municipal finances, public safety and Goose-gate topping the charts. Election Day is April 5, but the election is being handled through a mail-in ballot format by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. However, residents can still vote in person on select days at the GMF Town Hall.
The campaign is highlighted by two competing camps that have often clashed in the last two years. This battle pits a group of incumbents and administration supporters — Dick Bratton, Barbara Gardiner, Tyler Stevens and Lorrie Worthey — against a group that calls itself “Smoother Roads Ahead for GMF,” — Erin Kowal, Jane Newberry, David Pearlman and Cameron Thorne. Both factions have been quite active, holding public gatherings that showcase their slate of candidates and doing extensive sign displays. An overall friendly meet and greet was held last week in town hall, attended by members of both groups. Another meet and greet session is scheduled this Tuesday (March 15) at 5:30 p.m. These gatherings are being coordinated by long-time resident and former trustee Margaret Peterson.
The political atmosphere is competitive, but not quite as ugly as two years ago, when board meetings were extremely volatile. The pro-incumbent group has mainly been stressing the knowledge and experience of their respective candidates, while the “Smoother Roads” contenders have emphasized their management background and ideas.
One of the central highlights of the election season in GMF deals with the long-awaited rematch between Worthey, the mayor for the last two terms; and Newberry, a former mayor pro tem and veteran trustee. Here is a short profile of the two mayoral candidates for Green Mountain Falls and how they stand on key issues: