Tuesday August 04, 2015

Delta County Deputy Clerk and Recorder Teri Stephenson overcame a challenge from Patricia Luna in the Republican primary for that office.
Based on  returns that were still unofficial late last week, Stephenson received 2,293 votes to Luna’s 1,366.

Stephenson’s name will appear on the general election ballot.
The choice between Stephenson and Luna was the only contested primary race among county offices this year.
As of the  conclusion of primary voting on June 24, Stephenson faced no major party challenger in the general election. Nor did county office incumbents up for re-election this November: they are District 1 County Commissioner Doug Atchley, County Sheriff Fred McKee, County Assessor Debbie Griffith, County Treasurer Lisa Tafoya, County Coroner Kevin Lucy, and County Surveyor Jesse Messenger, all running as Republicans.
According to the Delta County Elections Department, the general election ballots for the two major parties are established by primary voting. Unaffiliated and “minor party” candidates have a short time to petition their names onto the ballot, or to register as write-in candidates in which event their individual names would not appear on the ballot.
In another primary race of local interest, Orchard City Mayor and favorite son candidate for State Senate District 5, Don Suppes, ran unopposed in his Republican primary. In the general election he will face  Kerry Donovan, a Democrat from Vail.
State Senate District 5 includes Delta, Eagle, Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Lake, and Chaffee counties.
Delta County is split between two state house districts. In House District 54, Republican Yeullin Willett will face Democrat Brad Webb in the general election.
State House District 54 includes the City of Delta and areas to the west along with most of rural Mesa County including the City of Fruita and Town of Collbran.
In State House District 61, Democrat incumbent Millie Hamner will face Republican Debra Irvine in a rematch of the 2012 race for that seat.
State House District 61 is the area east of Delta including the Surface Creek Valley and North Fork Valley. Also included are the northern half of Gunnison County, and Pitkin, Lake, and Summit counties. Both candidates in the race live in Summit County
In other nearby races for the General Assembly, District 58 incumbent Republican Don Coram will run for another term in November without major party opposition. In State Senate District 7 (Mesa County), Republican State Rep. Ray Scott is running unopposed. In State House District 55, businessman Dan Thurlow beat Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca in the Republican Primary. Thurlow will face Democrat Chris Kennedy in November.
There was a contested race in the Republican primary for 3rd Congressional District. Incumbent Scott Tipton beat out challenger David Cox of Palisade. Tipton will face  Democrat Abel Tapia in the general election.
In the contested Republican primary for governor, Delta County Republicans went for Mike Kopp as their choice from a field of four contenders. Kopp had visited Delta County during the primary campaigning, but statewide he finished fourth of the four.
The state’s Republicans instead went for Bob Beauprez, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate, He will face incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper in the general election.
State Board of Education District 3 incumbent Marcia Neal will face Democrat Henry C. Roman in November. Neal is the aunt of Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee.

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