Cedaredge trustees begin new terms in April

By Don Benjamin

Although the Town of Cedaredge municipal election was cancelled due to lack of candidates, the town's board of trustees has moved forward by declaring three candidates elected to serve four-year terms. Raymond Hanson and Patti Michael will continue as trustees and Catherine Brown will join the board in April as a new member. Hanson and Michael were running unopposed and Brown was a write-in candidate.

During election season, the DCI traditionally runs photos and profiles to acquaint voters with candidates for municipal elections. Given Cedaredge's unique situation, the newspaper has decided to publish profiles of all six town trustees -- both new and familiar faces -- so residents can be familiar with the individuals who have stepped forward to serve their community.

Mayor Eugene
"Gene" Welch
Trustee: 2006-2014
Mayor: 2016-2020

Gene Welch was appointed as a town trustee in 2005, then elected to a four-year term for 2006-2010 and then re-elected again to serve from 2010-2014. In 2016 Welch was elected as mayor for a term which ends in 2020. He retired from a corporate career in sales and management, and he has owned a local business with his wife for 18 years.

Catherine R. Brown
Trustee: 2018-2022

Catherine R. Brown has been declared elected to the Cedaredge Board of Trustees. She is a write-in candidate who will take office in April for a four-year term. Brown and her husband Dave have lived in Cedaredge for two years but the couple started vacationing in the area over a decade ago when they began spending time at a cabin on Grand Mesa.

Brown was born in Weymouth, Mass., and raised in Binghamton, N.Y., where she graduated from high school. She earned an associate degree at a private college in Syracuse.

Brown moved west in the early 1970s and lived for a time in Vail and Eagle before relocating to California where she worked for 25 years in public school nutrition services eventually rising to a management position. It was in California that she met and married Dave Brown, a career electrician, who also worked for the public school system.

When the Browns retired from the Palm Springs school district, they decided to relocate and were drawn to Colorado. They had visited friends in Cedaredge and decided that they liked the small town atmosphere.

The Browns have two children, a son in San Diego and a daughter in Nashville, and three grandchildren. Catherine is a member of a local garden club and she participates in pickleball. She volunteers at Pioneer Town and Heirlooms for Hospice in Delta. Catherine and Dave are members of the Cedaredge Rod & Gun Club and the Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church. The couple enjoys outdoor sports and can often be found fishing at area lakes.

Mayor Pro-tem
Ray Hanson
Trustee: 2012-2016, 2016-2018, and 2018-2022

Raymond (Ray) Hanson was born in Cedaredge in 1948 and graduated from high school here in 1966. He attended Western State College, where he earned a B.A. in 1970 with a major in history and minors in political science and philosophy. At Western he also received a fellowship to pursue graduate studies in history and economics and he graduated with academic honors in 1971.

In college he met his wife, Sandy, and they married in Denver in 1970. The couple have two grown children: Misty of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sean and his wife Rachael of Grand Junction.

For several years Hanson has operated his own local business as a master plumber. He was first elected as town trustee in 2012, was subsequently re-appointed in 2016, and in February 2018 he was declared eligible to continue through 2022. In addition to serving three terms as a town trustee, Hanson fulfills the role of mayor pro tem, and acts as needed in the absence of the town mayor.

He is active in the Surface Creek Lions Club. He is a life-member of the Cedaredge Rod & Gun Club and has served in the past as the club's secretary/treasurer. He has served on committees for the Delta County Ambulance District, the Home Rule Charter Commission, and the town planning commission.

Dayton Myers
Trustee: 2012-2016
and 2016-2020

Dayton Myers moved to Cedaredge in 1973 and graduated from Cedaredge High School in 1977. He attended Mesa State College and earned an associate degree in 1979. Dayton is married to Karla and they have one son. His experience includes construction work. He was previously employed by the Town of Cedaredge from 1987 to 1995.

Since 1995 Myers has worked for Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association. He continues to hold that position. In his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing.

Patti Michael
Treasurer and Trustee: 2014-2018 and 2018-2022

Patricia "Patti" Michael and her husband Bob both serve as Cedaredge town trustees. Patti was first elected to serve as trustee in 2014 and in February 2018 was subsequently declared eligible to continue as trustee until 2022. In addition to her trustee role, she serves as the board's treasurer.

Patti was born and raised in Sarasota, Fla. She and Bob met and married in Tennessee, where they owned and operated a dental laboratory for 20 years. Then the couple moved to New Jersey where she worked as senior dental research technician for Dentsply International. She enjoyed a successful career in the dental industry until retirement.

Patti and Bob have a son, Bryan; a daughter-in-law, Jenna; and grandsons, Robert and Anthony. She also serves as "Nana" for Bob's six other grandchildren. The Michaels moved to Cedaredge 10 years ago and purchased Mesa Liquors which they continue to own and operate. Patti has served on the board of the Surface Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and is very active with various community organizations including the Surface Creek Area Lions Club and Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club. She is also a Rotarian.

Robert Michael
Trustee: 2016-2020

Robert (Bob) Michael and his wife Patti both serve as Cedaredge town trustees. He was elected to his four-year term in 2016. Bob was born in Casper, Wyo., and grew up in Bethesda, Md. He attended college at East Tennessee State University and Graduated Tusculum University, with majors in organizational management.

Bob served eight years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era after which Bob and Patti owned a Dental Laboratory for more than 20 years. Later, Bob worked as manager of technical services for Dentsply International. Patti worked there too and they were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel much of the world. Bob's last career position was vice president of technical services for Coast Dental, based in Florida.

The Michaels have a son and two young grandsons as well as seven other older grandchildren. He and Patti relocated to Cedaredge in 2008 and purchased Mesa Liquors which they continue to own and operate.

Bob has served on the town planning commission and is active in the Cedaredge Rotary Club, men's golf club as well as other community activities.