Garfield County Assessor Shannon Hurst sailed to her first election win Tuesday |

Garfield County Assessor Shannon Hurst sailed to her first election win Tuesday

Garfield County Assessor Shannon Hurst sailed to her first election win Tuesday, collecting 4,891 votes as of press time in an unopposed bid.

In other unopposed races for county office, Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf was elected to a seventh term in office, and County Coroner Trey Holt won a third term.

All three are Republicans.

Hurst, 51, has worked in the assessor’s office for the past 18 years, filling almost every position in her rise to deputy assessor.

In August 2001, when then-Assessor Steve Rippy stepped down from the post to become New Castle town manager, the Garfield County Commissioners appointed Hurst to the post.

Alsdorf, who managed Tuesday’s election, was re-elected with 5,335 votes as of press time.

Running unopposed is what Alsdorf is used to. In her six previous bids for the county clerk’s office, she never faced an opponent.

Holt, 41, an owner of funeral homes in Rifle and Glenwood Springs, was elected to his third term with 5,073 votes as of press time.

A fourth county post, county surveyor, had no candidates. The previous surveyor, Sam Phelps, owner of SurvCo Inc. in Glenwood Springs, chose not to run again.

The county commissioners have not yet decided how to fill the post in the future.

In addition, Garfield County Court Judge Stephen Carter of Rifle was retained in office. As of press time, voters approved his retention 4,136-1,053, a 80-20 percent vote split.

Carter serves on the bench in the Rifle branch of Garfield County Court, and presides over juvenile court in Glenwood Springs.

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