In Paonia, Chelsea Bookout, Mary Bachran, Samira "Sam" Hart and Barry Pennell were elected to the board of trustees. Bookout, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Charles Stewart when he was elected as mayor in 2016, received the most votes. Her 308 votes represents 16.77 percent of the 1,837 votes cast. Bachran received 305 votes, or 16.6 percent, and Hart and Pennell each received 232 votes, or 12.63 percent of the votes.
Bookout, Bachran and Hart will serve four-year terms. According to town code, the candidate among the four winners who receives the least number of votes is elected to serve a two-year term. Because unofficial results show that Pennell and Hart are tied, if Delta County determines in its election curing process that the tie stands, the person serving a two-year term will be determined by a name draw.
Paonia voters had 10 candidates to choose from, and were allowed to vote for four. Incumbent Suzanne Watson received 185 votes, or 10.07 percent of total votes; incumbent David Bradford received 178 votes (9.69 percent); Ross King received 158 votes; 116 votes went to former trustee William Brunner, Roger Baril had 75 votes, and James Jaahcco Thompson received 48 votes.
A total of 516 ballots were cast, representing 45.66 percent of the 1,130 registered voters in Paonia. All results are unofficial until certified by the Delta County Clerk.
The new board will be seated, a mayor pro tem chosen by the board, and committee assignments will be made at the April 24 meeting, following completion of old business by the current board. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.