Yellico beats Gorman for Garfield County assessor |

Yellico beats Gorman for Garfield County assessor

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Real estate agent Jim Yellico overwhelmingly won election to be Garfield County’s new assessor, by a margin of nearly 57 percent over incumbent John Gorman’s 43 percent.

In another race, incumbent county surveyor Scott Aibner easily retained his job over challenger Sam Phelps, winning by 10,990 votes to 356.

Yellico’s victory was part of a Republican sweep of the election in Garfield County, in which no incumbent Democrats, competing in partisan contests, were returned to office.

According to unofficial results posted by Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico, Yellico polled 8,214 votes to Gorman’s 6,232, with 27 of 28 precincts counted, representing 96 percent of the ballots cast.

Yellico, interviewed as he hurried home from the Republican get-together at the Ramada Inn, said of his victory, “I’m excited.”

He said his first act will be to “just meet with the staff, make sure they’re on board with continuing the business of the office.”

He said he hopes to begin soon, after he takes office in January, to make good on his campaign pledges, including improvements to the assessor’s website and, ultimately, having commercial appraisals conducted by a local official rather than an out-of-county team.

But first, he said, “I’m going to take a lot of that responsibility on myself.”

And, to begin with, he plans to retain the Denver-based team of commercial appraisers that has been working with Gorman for several years.

Gorman, leaving the Democrats’ gathering at the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub Tuesday night, said, “It’s not over till it’s over, but it sure looks that way.”

He said the voters were reflecting “an anti-Obama, anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat and anti-the guy raised my taxes” attitude.

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