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Election Day is just around the corner, and early voters can pick up ballots until 5 p.m. today at the Garfield County Courthouse. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

During the campaign season, the Post Independent has endorsed many of the candidates and questions on the ballot. A summary is listed below, with party affiliation indicated as R for Republican and D for Democrat.

Agree or disagree, we urge you to cast your vote by Nov. 5. Voting is a precious privilege, and an active electorate is the best insurance for a healthy democracy.



Candidates

U.S. Senate: Tom Strickland, D



3rd Congressional District: Scott McInnis, R

Governor/Lt. Governor: Bill Owens and Jane Norton, R

Secretary of State: Donetta Davidson, R

State Treasurer: Mike Coffman, R

Attorney General: Ken Salazar, D

State Board of Education: Pamela Jo Suckla, R

State Representative, Dist. 61: Gregg Rippy, R

Retention of Garfield County Judge Stephen Carter: yes

Garfield County:

Commissioner: Walt Stowe, R

Clerk and Recorder: Mildred Alsdorf, R

Treasurer: Georgia Chamberlain, D

Assessor: Shannon Hurst, R

Sheriff: Tom Dalessandri, D

Coroner: Trey Holt, R

State ballot questions

Amendment 27, campaign finance spending limits: no

Amendment 28, mail-in ballots: yes

Amendment 29, petitions for all candidates: no

Amendment 30, election day voter registration: no

Amendment 31, English-only education: no

Referendum A, exempting district attorneys from term limits: yes

Referendum B, health care partnerships with local governments: no

Referendum C, state qualifications for county coroners: yes

Referendum D, repealing obsolete provisions from the state Constitution: yes

Referendum E, establishing March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day: no

Local ballot questions

Question 2A, Carbondale Home Rule Commission: yes

Question 3A, eliminate Roaring Fork School District board term limits: yes

Question 4A, property tax increase for Colorado River Water Conservation District: yes

Question 4B, de-Bruceing for Carbondale and Rural Fire District: yes

Question 4C, ending term limits for Carbondale and Rural Fire District board members: yes

Question 5A, property tax increase for Burning Mountains Fire District: yes

U.S. Senate: Tom Strickland, D

3rd Congressional District: Scott McInnis, R

Governor/Lt. Governor: Bill Owens and Jane Norton, R

Secretary of State: Donetta Davidson, R

State Treasurer: Mike Coffman, R

Attorney General: Ken Salazar, D

State Board of Education: Pamela Jo Suckla, R

State Representative, Dist. 61: Gregg Rippy, R

Retention of Garfield County Judge Stephen Carter: yes

Garfield County:

Commissioner: Walt Stowe, R

Clerk and Recorder: Mildred Alsdorf, R

Treasurer: Georgia Chamberlain, D

Assessor: Shannon Hurst, R

Sheriff: Tom Dalessandri, D

Coroner: Trey Holt, R

Amendment 27, campaign finance spending limits: no

Amendment 28, mail-in ballots: yes

Amendment 29, petitions for all candidates: no

Amendment 30, election day voter registration: no

Amendment 31, English-only education: no

Referendum A, exempting district attorneys from term limits: yes

Referendum B, health care partnerships with local governments: no

Referendum C, state qualifications for county coroners: yes

Referendum D, repealing obsolete provisions from the state Constitution: yes

Referendum E, establishing March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day: no

Question 2A, Carbondale Home Rule Commission: yes

Question 3A, eliminate Roaring Fork School District board term limits: yes

Question 4A, property tax increase for Colorado River Water Conservation District: yes

Question 4B, de-Bruceing for Carbondale and Rural Fire District: yes

Question 4C, ending term limits for Carbondale and Rural Fire District board members: yes

Question 5A, property tax increase for Burning Mountains Fire District: yes


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