Don’t forget: Election Day is Tuesday
The day of reckoning is upon us. Voters who have not made their desires clear either during early voting or by absentee ballot have only one choice Tuesday, to cast their votes in one of 10 polling places around the county.This year’s general election in Garfield County will give voters the option to use either electronic voting machines or paper ballots. The paper ballots will be counted by electronic scanning machines that automatically tally the results.Local candidates are vying for most of the county’s elected offices this year. They include: county commissioner, District 1 – incumbent Democrat Trési Houpt and Republican Steve Reynolds; county clerk – Democrat Jean Alberico and Republican Marian Clayton; county treasurer – incumbent Democrat Georgia Chamberlain and Republican Gala Ivie; county assessor – Republican Shannon Hurst and Democrat John Gorman; and county surveyor – incumbent Republican Scott Aibner and Democrat Dave Nicholson. Two incumbents are running uncontested races this year, Sheriff Lou Vallario and Coroner William “Trey” Holt.Local Re-1 school board member Democrat Susan Hakanson is challenging longtime legislator Tillman “Tillie” Bishop for regent of the University of Colorado District 3.Voters will also be faced with a daunting number of local and state candidates and ballot questions. All told, there are 12 local ballot questions and 14 state proposals. Among the local questions are: 1A and 1B – formation of a countywide library district that would be funded through a 1 mill property tax and an existing sales tax; 2A – continuation of a 1 percent Rifle sales tax for parks and recreation; 2B – terms of newly elected Rifle officials beginning the first Monday after the election; 2C – increase sales tax for Rifle to 3.7 percent; 2D – a home rule charter for the town of Silt; 2E – home rule charter for the town of Parachute; 2F – a $1.8 million bond for Carbondale to fund renewable energy facilities; 3A – a $1.6 million mill levy override for Garfield School District Re-2 for teacher salaries, fuel costs and utilities; 3B – a $74.9 million bond for Re-2 for school construction and renovation; 3B – a $128.3 million bond for Eagle County School District for new school buildings, building repairs and technology; and 3C – $35 million bond for Garfield County School District 16 for land acquisition, construction and renovation of school buildings.Specific questions appearing on particular ballots will depend on where voters live.The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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