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Baumgardner wins GOP slot

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Randy Baumgardner cruised to victory in the state House District 57 Republican primary Tuesday night.

Final unofficial results early Wednesday from every county that is a part of the House District 57 shows that Randy Baumgardner came away with a resounding victory Tuesday night, capturing 67.2 percent of the vote.

Baumgardner, who is a rancher and who has been a highway maintenance worker for the Colorado Department of Transportation for more than 10 years, received 2,254 votes from the district’s Republicans.



Daniel Korkowski, the code enforcement officer for Grand Lake and who was a cop for more than 17 years, captured 1,098 votes or 32.7 percent of the vote, unofficial results show. Final canvassing of the results will occur until Aug. 21, when the counties must submit official results to the Colorado Secretary of State.

The Republican primary between Baumgardner and Korkowski was the only competitive race in Garfield County this year.



Baumgardner’s victory now sets the stage for the race’s November election, which will pit Baumgardner against Democratic candidate Robert Hagenbuch, who did not face a primary challenge.

Grand, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson, Moffat counties and a small section of Garfield County are all a part the state house district. The district is heavily Republican, which could pose a large challenge for Hagenbuch to clinch a victory.

The current representative for House District 57, Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, is running against Steamboat Springs resident and Democrat Ken Brenner for the state Senate District 8 position.

The only other races in Garfield County set for this year’s November ballot are two county commissioner races. The District 3 commissioner race pits Republican Mike Samson against Democrat Steve Carter. The District 2 commissioner race will have Republican incumbent John Martin face off against challenger Stephen Bershenyi, a Democrat. Commissioner Tresi Houpt, a Democrat, is not up for re-election.

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117

pyates@postindependent.com


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