Carbondale recall vote most resounding in county
Virtually nine of 10 Carbondale voters favored recalling District Attorney Colleen Truden in the election earlier this month.While the recall vote wasn’t close in any Garfield County community, no more than seven in 10 voted “yes” west of Glenwood Springs. That may be a reflection of increasingly conservative viewpoints in the western part of the county.Eighty-three percent of Glenwood Springs voters supported the recall, according to a polling place breakdown of the vote released by County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf Tuesday.Countywide, 78 percent of the electorate backed the recall. That included four of five absentee voters.Truden served the 9th Judicial District, which also includes Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties. In Pitkin County, only about 5 percent of voters endorsed retaining Truden. In Rio Blanco County, 62 percent of voters opposed the recall.The voting figures reflect sentiment during the recall campaign, when opposition to Truden was most fervent in Pitkin County and Rio Blanco residents greeted the effort largely with a yawn. In Carbondale, just downvalley from Pitkin County, only 89 of 791 voters supported Truden, or about 11 percent.In Glenwood Springs, 261 of 1,560 voters voted against the recall.Truden had cast herself as a tough-on-crime prosecutor, which may have helped weaken the level of support in western Garfield County for removing her from office. Still, the pro-recall vote was resounding, ranging from 64 percent in Rifle to 70 percent in New Castle.Truden, who took office in January, was the first district attorney ever to be recalled in Colorado. Her critics accused her of abuses that included lying, mismanagement that led to high staff turnover, and poor handling of her budget.In the race to replace her, Martin Beeson beat write-in candidate Chip McCrory by about 63 percent to 37 percent. However, McCrory, a former prosecutor in Aspen, barely beat Beeson in Pitkin County. In Carbondale, where he now has a criminal defense practice, he also did fairly well, gaining 46 percent of the vote.Further downvalley, his vote percentages included 41 in Glenwood Springs, 30 in New Castle, 23 in Silt, 29 in Rifle and 18 percent in Parachute.He took a total of 31 percent of the Garfield County vote and 22 percent of the vote in Rio Blanco County.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. email@example.comHow they votedA look at how Garfield County communities voted in the Dec. 13 recall election:Carbondale: 89 percent yes, 11 percent noGlenwood Springs: 83 percent yes, 17 percent noNew Castle: 70 percent yes, 30 percent noSilt: 69 percent yes, 31 percent noRifle: 64 percent yes, 36 percent noParachute/Battlement Mesa: 68 percent yes, 32 percent no
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