GarCo clerk certifies election results |

GarCo clerk certifies election results

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf officially certified the 2006 election results Tuesday, releasing a report that shows election results for each of the county’s 27 precincts. The report totaled votes cast in each of the precincts and excluded absentee and provisional votes. Deputy County Clerk Marian Clayton said voters cast a total of 15,307 votes in the 2006 election. There were 9,292 absentee votes cast and 150 provisional votes, giving a total of 5,856 votes cast in each precinct either by electronic voting machine or paper ballot on Nov. 7. In the county commissioner race between incumbent Trési Houpt, a Democrat, and Republican Steve Reynolds, Houpt won handily in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. Voters put Reynolds ahead in New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa, however the wider margins in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale gave Houpt the overall majority.In what was the county’s most hotly contested race, incumbent County Assessor Republican Shannon Hurst was defeated by Democrat John Gorman. Gorman said he would hold oil and gas companies accountable for their fair share of taxes, a message voters apparently took to heart.Gorman topped Hurst in votes in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, but was narrowly outvoted in the rest of the county precincts including New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa.Again vote margins in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale carried the day for Gorman.Jean Alberico and Marian Clayton vied for the position of County Clerk vacated by retiring longtime Clerk Mildred Alsdorf. Alberico, a Democrat, took the most votes, winning almost three to one in her hometown of Carbondale, as well as in Glenwood Springs. She also won the majority of votes in New Castle – Clayton’s hometown – as well as Silt and Rifle. Republican Clayton won the vote in the westernmost precincts of Silt, Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa.Once again, Carbondale voters supported one of their own in the County Treasurer race. Incumbent Georgia Chamberlain, a Democrat, beat out challenger Gala Ivie, a Republican, over three to one in her hometown of Carbondale. She also won the vote in Glenwood Springs by over two to one. She beat Ivie in all other precincts except Parachute and Battlement Mesa where Ivie got the nod.In state races, Democrat Bill Ritter won the governor’s race in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and New Castle, while his opponent, Republican Bob Beauprez had the majority of votes in Silt, Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa.Rep. John Salazar won across the board in all precincts except Battlement Mesa, where his opponent Republican Scott Tipton took the majority of votes.All in all, the 2006 Garfield County election was a resounding victory for the Democrats who took the majority of local elections. The sole winning Republican was incumbent County Surveyor Scott Aibner who handily beat opponent David Nicholson.Republican Al White won in the state house District 57 against opponent Democrat Andy Gold.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 16605dgray@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO

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