Creede residents meet 2018 town board candidates

CREEDE- City residents gathered at the Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre in Creede for a meet the candidate’s night hosted by the Creede National Honor Society students. There are currently six candidates for three seats on the town board for the 2018 spring election.

The night started with an overview of the process by an Honor Society student who explained that each candidate would have five minutes to introduce themselves and then the floor was opened for members of the audience to ask questions.

Each candidate took turns introducing themselves beginning with Dana Brink who is a current board member with several years of experience on the Creede City Board in the past. “I have been on the board off and on since the late 80s, early 90s. I like listening to the community and doing what I can to help,” she said.

Incumbent Frank Freer was next to speak, stating that he has been in the area for 10 years. “There are a lot of transitions going on with the flume project and Clyde Dooley retiring this year and I feel that there is a need for firm leadership,” he said. “I have been on the board for a year now and though it is a learning curve for me, I want to continue offering my leadership.”

James Kehr opened by stating that he was born and raised in the Creede and South Fork area and had many years as an underground water worker. “I was asked by many friends to run for the open seat and get some of the things they are looking to accomplish done,” Kerr said. “I plan on focusing on the tiny home project and help with the flume rehabilitation.”

Joel O’Connell moved to the area three and a half years ago from Texas. “I felt a calling to Colorado,” he said. “Running for a public office like this is all new to me and there are some big projects going on and it is time for strong leadership on our board.”

Catherine Kim is another current board member who is finishing her first four year-term as a city trustee. “I have been privileged to participate in some big projects and help create the rec program for the town,” she said. “When I came on board, there was an issue with transparency that I believe has been improved. I was also able to participate in getting the $1 million grant for the outdoor rec program and I want to keep Creede moving forward.”

Ballots for the election were sent to residents on Thursday, March 15. The election will take place on April 3 with preliminary results posted on the website at


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