Martin wins by a whisker
Incumbent John Martin narrowly won the nod from Garfield County voters to hold his seat on the Board of County Commissioners for District 2.According to unofficial results from the Garfield County Clerk’s office, Martin received 9,864 votes to his opponent Greg Jeung’s 9,635, or 50.59 to 49.41 percent.Martin said an automatic recount would not apply since he won by slightly more than 1 percent, and it takes a 1 percent margin to trigger a recount.Jeung said he would not contest the outcome.For his third and final term, Martin said he would focus on improving relations with local governments.”There are some issues we need to listen to,” said Martin, echoing Jeung’s campaign pledge to improve communication between city and county governments. “We need to listen to the city of Glenwood Springs if they have issues.”Martin also said that communication works both ways. “It’s a two-way street.””We need to sit down after the election and meet with every municipality, every organization and every action group (in the county) and decide what to set our focus on,” he added. “Now that we have our house in order, we need to improve communication.”Jeung said he felt very positive going into the election. “I thought people were ready for a change in the county,” he said.”I think I helped make a difference by just being a candidate. In the last six months the county has been going in the right direction with the focus groups and (the location of) the human services building in Rifle,” he said.With the results so close, Jeung said he hopes the commissioners realize they have a mandate to work more closely with local municipal governments.”I was encouraged by the turnout. It was interesting to campaign in the county, but in hindsight, I wish I could have done more,” he added. “I was encouraged by the turnout. It was interesting to campaign in the county, but in hindsight, I wish I could have done more,” he added.
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