Veronica Medina, Mike Le Roux earn county jobs; Sales Tax Increase Fails – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado
Archuleta County voters leaned to the Republican side of the ticket for the various jobs listed in the Nov. 8 ballot, while rejecting a sales tax increase proposed by the Archuleta County Board of Commissioners more 2 to 1.
These results are still not official. Statewide, we are still awaiting results from select counties as of 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
In Archuleta County, 7,839 ballots were cast, out of 11,109 possible registered voters, for a turnout of 71 percent.
The U.S. Senate race drew the greatest response from our local voters (7,713 votes cast) with the Governor’s race for second place (7,703) and the local sales tax proposal being the third most popular contest with 7,619 votes cast.
Statewide, it appears U.S. Senator Michael Bennet retained his Senate seat with about 55% of the vote, and Jared Polis will remain as state governor with 58% support.
Local Vote Measure 1A would have increased the Archuleta County sales tax from 4% to 5.5%. 5,541 voters said “No, thank you”… while 2,078 voted “Yes”.
In the two contested local races, the Republican candidates were successful. Veronica Medina won the county commissioner seat for District 3 with 4,494 votes; his opponent, Rachel Suh, ran as unaffiliated and garnered 2,720 votes. Mike Le Roux won the office of sheriff with 4,717 votes, beating his two unaffiliated challengers, Monica Medina (1,566 votes) and Wayne Bryant (1,190 votes).
Other statewide competitions:
Many counties won’t finish counting ballots until Wednesday or possibly later, and that has left a number of contests too close to call.
Archuleta County has backed incumbent Lauren Boebert to remain the U.S. Representative in the 3rd congressional district, but that race is currently too close to call, with Boebert facing a longer re-election race. tougher than expected, with his Democratic challenger, Adam Frisch, holding a small lead all evening.
Boebert entered the race from a strong position. The redistricting had solidified the district’s lean red, with a 9-point advantage for the Republicans. She also had national recognition and about $2 million in campaign money. Speaking to her supporters on Tuesday night, Boebert said she was still waiting for the “same day ballots” to be counted.
Republicans outnumber registered Democrats in the 3rd District, but unaffiliated voters make up the largest bloc. About 44% of active voters in the district are registered unaffiliated, while about 24% are Democrats and about 34% are registered Republicans.
In races that were announced early this morning by Colorado Public Radio, the following U.S. Representatives appear to have won re-election: Brittany Pettersen, Diana DeGette, Jason Crow, Joe Neguse, Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn. Jena Griswold will remain Secretary of State; Phil Weiser won another term as state attorney general.
None of the amendments, including universal free lunch for public school students, and none of the proposals, including legal access to psilocybin and wine in grocery stores, had been called as of 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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