Local caucus results
Scott McInnis for governor and Jane Norton for the U.S. Senate were the overwhelming choices of Garfield County Republicans in the March 16 Republican precinct caucuses.
On the Democrats’ side of the political divide, the nod for the U.S. Senate seat went to incumbent Michael Bennet, in contrast to the statewide victory for his main opponent, Andrew Romanoff.
According to official results submitted by the county’s Republican Party, with all 27 precincts reporting, the preference poll for governor was 176 for McInnis, now an attorney living in Grand Junction, and 40 for Evergreen businessman Dan Maes, for a total of 216 votes cast.
For Senate, former Colorado Lt. Governor Norton garnered 115 votes, followed by Weld County D.A. Ken Buck with 47. That was dramatically different from the statewide contest between the two, in which Buck edged out Norton by a reportedly very slim margin, around 38 percent to 37 percent.
Others garnering votes in Garfield County’s Republican preference poll for the senate seat included Tom Wiens, 34, Cleve Tidwell, 27, and Robert Greenheck, 1, for a total of 224 votes cast.
For the county’s Democrats, the only poll held was for the Senate race, in which Bennet tallied 103, Romanoff 52, and 20 were undecided, according to official results supplied by the county Democratic Party.
Garfield County conventions are scheduled for April 3 for Republicans, and April 10 for Democrats, and the state primary elections for both parties will be held in August.
Primary election will be mail-in
Garfield County’s August primary election, in which voters will choose among candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate and the Garfield County board of county commissioners, is to be conducted by mail-in ballot only.
The BOCC gave its approval for the idea on March 15, after Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico explained that it would save more than $12,000 in election costs, and that it is more popular among voters than polling-place elections.
Alberico said more than 54 percent of the county’s registered voters already are “permanent mail-in ballot recipients,” meaning they mail their vote in even during traditional polling-place elections, and that 79 percent of the voters in the 2008 general election mailed in their ballots.
The 2010 general election in November will be conducted the old-fashioned way, with 10 polling places across the county.
Education session to address sex offender issues
Sheriff’s Office specialists will be holding a community education session on local sex offender issues next Tuesday, March 23, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Silt Fire House, 611 Main Street. The presentation will equip the public in knowing how to deal with sex offenders living in their communities by covering sex offender registration (past and present), myths and facts, personal safety measures for the Internet and cellular phones (to include sexting), and current offenders living in the area.
This educational session is open to the public and is free-of-charge. There will also be a question and answer period to clarify presentation points and address any concerns. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive “Sex Offender Information and Facts” handout as well as photographs and background information on each registered offender residing and/or working in unincorporated Garfield County. For more information, please contact Phil Strouse or Tanny McGinnis at the Sheriff’s Office, 970-945-0453.
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The family of Rosie Ferrin has worked to clean up and make safe again the old schoolhouse in downtown New Castle. Ferrin died this summer and had owned the building that included classrooms turned into apartments for years.