May 6, 2020 ELECTION UPDATE: All three incumbents have been reelected and below are the results.

– Mikayla Curtis 96 Votes
– Elizabeth Jones 91 Votes
– Chris Pryor 77 Votes
– Shawna Topor 75 Votes
– Craig Colby 62 Votes

Because state laws regarding special district elections do not provide an opportunity to postpone, the Mountain Recreation Metropolitan District Special Election will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  It is strongly encouraged for all voters to do so by absentee ballot to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee ballot applications can be found here. Completed application forms must be returned to Designated Election Official – Meghan Hayes by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, April 28.  Options to return the application include in person, by mail, by fax, or by email.

  1. In-person or by US Mail:  28 Second Street, Ste 213, Edwards, CO  81632
  2. Fax: (970)926-6040
  3. Email: meghan@mwcpaa.com

Completed absentee ballots must be received by the election judge or designated election official by 7:00 pm on election day, May 5, 2020 to be counted.

We encourage voters to request an absentee ballot as soon as possible. Ballots will be mailed out upon receiving the absentee ballot request, giving voters time to fill out and mail back their ballots prior to the May 5th deadline.

In-Person Voting Information

Those wishing to vote in-person will be able to do so at the Gypsum Recreation Center, Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle, and the Edwards Field House from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 5.


Candidate Information

  • Craig ColbySalt Creek Road, Eagle County--Retired

    Why did I decide to run for the Mountain Recreation Board?

    I’ve been a participant in the Recreation Districts’ noon ball program for over forty years and my family has taken part in the various recreation programs over the years.  I feel that it is now time to give back and contribute to the organization to insure that these programs continue for future generations as well as expanding the program format for the entire county.

    What projects do I feel are most important for Board consideration?

    It is important to focus on and evaluate all projects but place emphasis on those that offer the best benefit to the community in total.  With my background in finance and management I feel it is imperative to insure the financial viability of the Recreation District and its ability to provide those projects.  I would like to see facilities that can accommodate multiple activities with structure hours for the participants.  Facilities should be able to accommodate community fund raising efforts as well multiple sport tournaments and multimedia events.

  • Mikayla CurtisEagle--Manager of Strategic Impact at Mountain Youth

    Why did I decide to run for the Mountain Recreation Board?

    The district has made great progress in the past 4 years under the direction of the current board and staff team. Two years ago we adopted a new strategic plan that is guiding us on improving service opportunities and becoming a stronger community asset. I believe this vision is improving the health and well-being for all community members and I look forward to continuing the goals of this plan.

    What projects do I feel are most important for Board consideration?

    In the immediate, the board must focus on balancing the current economic situation, community needs, and financial decisions that will keep the district strong for years to come. In the midterm, it is important to focus on strengthening partnerships to collectively address community recreation and health needs. In the long term, the board must work to address capital projects for a growing community and increased demand for facilities and activities

  • Christopher ‘Chris’ PryorEdwards, CO since 2007--Current member of the Mountain Recreation Board of Directors and now a Stay-at-home Dad

    Why did you decide to run for the Mountain Recreation Board?

    As a current member of the board, I feel that we have accomplished many of our strategic goals. These goals included bringing in a new Executive Director, Janet Bartnik, paying-off our previous bonds, formalizing our community grant process, improvement of community partnerships and addressing the district’s communications and marketing needs.

    The current board also created a formal strategic plan with regular updates provided by staff to ensure current projects and district needs are accomplished. We have also worked to develop a sustainable workforce while extending appropriate benefits and have adapted to an employee-friendly culture with scholarship opportunities and a restructured organizational chart.

    I feel that each area (Edwards, Eagle, and Gypsum) should be fairly represented on the board. While I have remained fiscally conservative, I believe the current board has spent the appropriate amount of taxpayer dollars to move the district forward. I also believe there is more to accomplish, both with our facilities and programming opportunities.


    What projects do you feel are the most important for the board focus?

    The current board has been reviewing several projects and opportunities to improve the Eagle Sports Complex, Eagle Pool & Ice Rink and the Edwards Fieldhouse. With the current pandemic facing our community, it is essential for the board and district’s leadership to monitor and navigate the long-term effects on the recreation district.

    Our facilities are indeed beginning to show the effects of aging and heavy use. The district will need to spend money at some point for capital improvement projects with Eagle and Edwards facilities. We need to remain mindful of needs versus wants while understanding these facilities are assets in our community.

    Electing board members with institutional knowledge of the recreation district, such as myself, is necessary. We need to be both fiscally conservative and mindful of appropriate growth needs. Potential improvements and programming decisions should keep the district financially viable while providing recreational enrichment for our community.


  • Shawna ToporEagle--Executive Vice President, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate

    Why did I decide to run for the Mountain Recreation Board?

    I have lived and worked in the valley for 22 years and am dedicated to bringing the best experience to the children and adults that benefit from the facilities and programming offered by Mountain Recreation. As the parent of two active participants, I am running for the Board to bring a positive impact to our community that I care for deeply.

    What projects do I feel are most important for Board consideration?

    Having managed multiple teams and budgets, I understand that it is important for the Board to focus first, on the unique challenges COVID-19 will bring to facilities and programming when we reopen. SSF will reopen 27 offices and I will bring those best practices to Mountain Recreation. With plans for facility expansion, focus on smart growth and development is important and my experience in real estate development will lend expertise. The care and advancement of the facility staff is also important as they are the faces of Mountain Recreation and its critical they feel valued.

  • Elizabeth "Liz" JonesGypsum resident since 2008--Director of Administration at Beaver Creek Resort Company

    Why did you decide to run for the Mountain Recreation Board?

    Four years ago, I ran for the Board to help bring positive change to the District. Four years later, I am proud of what this board and staff have accomplished. Together we’ve reorganized, rebranded and expanded the district’s services and offerings, while also redefining our organization’s vision and its commitment to the community. I am once again running for the Mountain Recreation Board in order to continue what we’ve started: expanding services and enhancing service levels, all while navigating a comprehensive plan to upgrade facilities across the district. Mountain Recreation’s stated mission is now more important than ever; “We provide world-class recreational opportunities in our community so everyone lives a happy and healthy life.” I’d very much like the opportunity to continue the very fulfilling work that we’ve collectively undertaken and see these ambitious projects through to their completion.

    What projects do you feel are the most important for the board focus?

    In the past four years, the Board has been a great agent of change for the District, creating a unified vision and direction for the future.  As Eagle County’s population continues to grow, Mountain Recreation must also be ready to meet the increased demand placed upon its services and facilities. It’s vital that we complete the transition from recreation centers to multi-generational, multi-cultural community centers that provide welcoming spaces and healthy activities for all. We’ve studiously asked the questions and then listened while the public answered with their desire for more services, diversified offerings, and upgraded facilities. The Board’s #1 focus in the next several years will be managing growth and providing upgraded facilities for future needs. The challenges of today are unique. We need to continue to address them thoughtfully and with the short- and long-term interests of the community in mind. Armed with Mountain Recreation’s vision and core values, we will continue to focus on our strategic priorities and serving the public with arguably one of the greatest assets that impacts the quality of life of Eagle County residents; its recreation district.

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