Jean Ceriani and David Lane have been elected to four-year terms on the board of directors of Delta County Memorial Hospital. Tallies for the May 3 election were: Jean Ceriani, 2,691 votes; Curtis McCrackin, 1,903 votes; and David Lane, 2,739 votes.
The board's next regular meeting is Monday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Election official Aaron Clay will swear in the new directors and officers will be elected. At the same meeting, an appointment will be made to fill a board vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Jeffrey Berkosky.
The Delta County Ambulance District, organized as a special district similar to the hospital, met Tuesday afternoon to address four vacancies on that board. When no interested parties filed nominating petitions, that election was cancelled and Tom Huerkamp became the sole board member. Because that meeting occurred as the DCI was going to press, the outcome will be reported in next week's edition.
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.