Local and state races, ballot questions decided today
Voters who haven’t already cast mail ballots go to the polls today to decide several local and state contests for political offices, as well as to decide on numerous state and local ballot questions.
In Garfield County, final votes will be cast in four contested races for elected county offices.
They include the County Commissioner District 1 race between incumbent Tresi Houpt and Tom Jankovsky, the sheriff’s race between incumbent Lou Vallario and Tom Dalessandri, the assessor’s race between incumbent John Gorman and Jim Yellico, and the county surveyor race between incumbent Scott Aibner and write-in candidate Sam Phelps.
The Garfield County vote will also weigh heavily in determining the outcome of the three-way race for the Colorado House District 61 seat.
Three-term incumbent state legislator Kathleen Curry of Gunnison, who is seeking re-election as an independent write-in candidate, faces Democrat Roger Wilson of Missouri Heights and Republican Luke Korkowski of Mt. Crested Butte in that race.
Although only a portion of Garfield County, from Silt east to the Carbondale area, is included in District 61, it has the most active registered voters of any of the other four counties in the district (Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale and a small portion of Eagle), Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said.
Because of different methods for each county to count those votes and certify the write-ins, the outcome of that race may not be known until Wednesday, she said.
The western portion of Garfield County will help decide the Colorado House District 57 race between incumbent Republican legislator Randy Baumgardner, Democrat Steve Ivancie and Libertarian candidate Mike Kien.
Also locally, Garfield County voters will decide on three ballot questions. Garfield County Questions 1A, 1B and 1C, ask whether medical marijuana retail facilities, commercial grow operations and manufacture of “infused” medical marijuana products should be prohibited in the unincorporated parts of the county.
And, Carbondale voters will decide whether to renew a 1.5 mill levy on property for the purposes of paying for various public improvements projects. The levy has already been in place for 10 years. If approved by voters, the levy would continue for another 10 years.
In statewide races, local voters will also be helping to pick a new Colorado governor, as well as fill a U.S. Senate seat and the 3rd District Congressional pose, among others.
A slew of state ballot initiatives, including the state and local government tax- and debt-limiting questions, Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, as well as the so-called “personhood” and “health care choice” (Amendments 62 and 63, respectively) are also being decided in this election.
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