Voter turnout falls short of 20% in Delta

By Pat Sunderland

The city council race in Delta failed to generate much interest among voters. Of the city's 5,323 registered voters, 1,046 returned ballots -- a turnout of 19.65 percent that fell well below other municipalities in Delta County.

County election supervisor Rene Loy Maas provided the following voter tallies. The number of returned ballots is followed by the number of registered voters for each municipality, with the resulting percentage for the April 5 election:

Hotchkiss, 291/610, 47.70%

Crawford, 138/275, 50.18%

Cedaredge, 537/1619, 33.17%

Orchard City, 772/2247, 34.36%

Paonia, 520/1153, 45.10%

Delta voters were asked to select three councilmembers. Ron Austin and Gerald Roberts were unopposed, garnering 827 and 820 votes, respectively. For the at-large seat, Wilford "Fay" Mathews picked up 380 votes, compared to 570 for Christopher Ryan. Austin, Roberts and Ryan will be sworn into office at the April 19 council meeting.

Results of the municipal elections in Hotchkiss, Crawford and Paonia can be found on page B1. Orchard City and Cedaredge results are on page C1, in the Surface Creek section of this week's DCI.