Brett Abernathy and Gene Stille win Weld County Council races
November 12, 2016
The Weld County Council welcomed back a former member and kept a familiar one Tuesday.
Brett Abernathy held onto his District 1 seat, and Gene Stille nabbed the at-large seat in Tuesday's election.
The Weld County Council is a group that has watchdog powers over the county's elected officials. This year, the group voted to commission two performance audits, one for the Board of County Commissioners and one for the Clerk and Recorder's office.
Abernathy, a general contractor for his own company, Western Skies Construction, was elected in 2012. He pulled the election with 60.3 percent of the vote, according to final unofficial election results. He said the board's nonpartisan nature and the fact that it's unpaid makes it an honorable position to serve.
"I think it's one of the most important positions you can have," he said in an earlier interview.
Stille, an active Republican in the area, is on the county planning commission, and he's a former county councilman. He won with 53.8 percent of the vote.
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"This county is such a beautiful place to live," he said in an interview Tuesday night. "I am really proud to be bale to serve the county again."
One of the council's more prominent challenges this year came when a then-current employee requested an audit of the clerk and recorder's office.
Months of political fights — which often got heated — followed. One member ended up resigning, and the board threatened to disband itself because of the fights.
Abernathy was one of the members who voted against the audit time and again, and he was also one of the members who would only sign off on it if the commissioners were also put under the microscope.
Stille said that he supported the audit and believed it could help the office more than it could harm it.
Abernathy won out over Mike Schemm, and Stille won out over Lavonna Longwell.