Final Garfield County tallies confirm wins for Jankovsky, Alberico
Final ballot counting Wednesday in the Garfield County coordinated election confirmed wins for two incumbent county officials.
Republican Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky held his 52 percent to 48 percent edge over Democractic challenger Paula Stepp as the last 3,520 ballots were tallied in the race for the District 1 county commissioner seat.
The final, yet still unofficial tally until canvasing is completed was 12,283 votes for Jankovsky and 11,411 for Stepp.
Likewise, incumbent Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico held onto a 55 percent to 45 percent edge over challenger Bonnie McLean. The Wednesday tally had Alberico, a Democrat, with 12,871 votes to Republican McLean’s 10,700.
“I am excited that the voters of this county voted to reelect me, because I really wanted to serve another term as the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder,“ Alberico said.
“My opponent, I know, worked really hard and ran a really good campaign,” she said.
“I am just thrilled that the voters, I think, decided that experience really does matter, and I am looking forward to another four years in this office. I have a lot of things that I would really like to do,” Alberico said.
Garfield County will be getting a new voting system next year, and is also working on some archiving projects, she said.
Jankovksy said after his apparent win Tuesday night that he wants to continue focusing his efforts on economic development from one end of the county to the other.
Stepp offered in a concession comment Wednesday after the final votes were tallied, “This was a really good year. I connected with a lot of communities and with people I’ve met.
“The number of people who’ve stepped up to help me with this campaign … I wouldn’t give up this year for anything,” she said.
Stepp added that Jankovsky ran a good race and said she appreciated his service to the county as he enters a third, four-year term in office.
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