Green Mountain Falls has a new but familiar mayor.

Opponent Jane Newberry beat out incumbent mayor Lorrie Worthey in Tuesday's rematch between the two political veterans in the small town of 677 residents.

Newberry was winning with 54 percent of the votes in unofficial preliminary results of the municipal election.

She ran as a slate of candidates calling themselves Smoother Road Ahead for GMF. The group also included board of trustee candidates David Pearlman, Cameron Thorne and Erin Kowal.

Thorne, a former member of the Planning Commission and Pearlman, a member of the Planning Commission, won two of the three open seats on the seven-member board. Mayor Pro Tem Tyler Stevens, one of two incumbents, was re-elected. Barbara Gardiner was not.

Newberry, who works in the athletics department at Colorado College and served on the Green Mountain Falls board for 12 years, has said she wants to turn her attention to obtaining grant money to fix roads and make more repairs to the Gazebo, in the center of town, among other improvements.

She formerly served as mayor pro tem and unsuccessfully pushed for a new form of government under a town manager in 2013. Newberry first faced Worthey as an opponent in 2014, when Worthey won her second term in a bitter and close contest.

Worthey's tenure has been marked by turmoil. All of the city administrative and public works employees resigned in protest shortly after Worthey and a new board took office in 2012.

Whether the town needs a marshal has been a topic of dispute, as well as whether the public should be allowed to feed ducks and geese in the park.

Last fall, the city clerk and treasurer, who was hired in 2014, was suspended then terminated due to financial discrepancies.

An interim clerk is in place, but because the town does not have a permanent clerk, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office conducted Tuesday's election. That will cost Green Mountain Falls around $7,660, according to Ryan Parsell, spokesman for the county clerk and recorder.

Stevens, who has been an elected official since 1998 and served as mayor of Green Mountain Falls for eight years, said he is excited to continue working to advance the town.

"I served with Jane for many years and look forward to working with her again," Stevens said Tuesday night. On Monday, he withdrew his name from the running for a seat on the Board of El Paso County Commissioners after failing to collect enough signatures to get on the Republican ballot.

More than half of the town's 420 active registered voters cast a ballot in what was the town's first all-mail-in election.


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