Lander Ward 1 representative unseated in primary

Aug 23, 2012 By Joshua Scheer, Staff Writer

Challengers Dan Hahn and Sollie Cadman move forward to Nov. 6 general election.

Lander City Council Ward 1 representative John Boulette was unseated in Tuesday's primary election as both of his opponents received more votes.

"The people have spoken," Boulette said in an interview Tuesday evening. "They've lost a great supporter."

Boulette, who is in his final year of a second four-year term, came in behind challengers Dan Hahn and Sollie Cadman.

According to unofficial results with all precincts and absentee ballots reported, Hahn received the bulk of the votes at 186, followed closely by Cadman, who had 183. Boulette earned 156 votes, or more than 5 percent fewer than Hahn. There were no write-ins.

There were 555 votes cast total.

Both Hahn and Cadman will move forward to the Nov. 6 general election.

"I credit my fellow council members for this," Boulette said. "I think the negativity they produced for me the last few months contributed to this."

He was called into question by several councilors when he weighed in on a debate that involved his brother.

"I've worked hard for the city ... but I guess it wasn't enough," Boulette said.

He expects to not run for public office again, noting the people have made it clear he isn't wanted.

On a positive note, Boulette said this would free him up to visit his grandchildren in Denver more often.

Hahn, a former councilor, is pleased to move forward.

"Sounds like I might have my work cut out for me," he said of the close race between he and Cadman.

"I feel good about this, but like I told Sollie, it's what the people want," Hahn said.

Hahn said a win in the general election would help him prepare for a mayoral run in 2014.

He gave up his council seat in 2010 to challenge Mayor Mick Wolfe and lost.

Cadman, a current city employee set for retirement at the end of the year, is glad to move on.

"It was a good, close race," Cadman said, adding that he believed any of the three of them would do well in the position.

"John did a good job in there," he said.

Cadman said he would probably do some campaigning leading up to the general election.

Ward 2

Former councilor Ken Stroh and incumbent Cade Maestas will both move forward to the general election.

Stroh came out on top with 278 votes cast, making up 46 percent of the total. Maestas followed with 43 percent or 256 votes. Ten write-in ballots were submitted.

There were 602 votes cast in the race.

"Glad to see I have the support of the people," Stroh said. "It looks like it's going to be a close race."

Stroh lost his council seat after about five years in 2008 to Diane Corsick. Maestas beat him in the appointment that followed Corsick's 2010 resignation.

"I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing on the council," Maestas said.

Maestas plans on doing some campaigning in the coming months, and Stroh thought he might as well.

Ward 3

Incumbent Linda Barton ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary and came out with 69 percent of the vote.

Barton could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

There were 115 write-in votes cast, totaling 14 percent.

In total, 835 votes were cast.

A write-in candidate must receive three votes to possibly move forward. In this instance, the write-in with the most votes will be asked if he or she would like to be added to the general election ballot and then must file by Aug. 27.

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