After considerable delay, 2,951 delegates of the 4,201 possible state delegates were confirmed to the Republican State Convention on April 14. Delta was well represented and got front row seating. The State Republican Convention is the grassroots platform for candidates' selection to the primary ballot in June 2018. The results of the convention were:
State treasurer -- Justin Everett.
Governor -- Greg Lopez and Walker Stapleton.
Attorney general -- George Brauchler.
CU Regents -- Ken Montera (at large) and Glenn Gallegos (Third Congressional District).
Secretary of state -- Wayne Williams.
Third Congressional District representative -- Scott Tipton.
State representative, District 61 -- Mike Mason.
State Senate, District 5 -- Olen Lund.
Roger Bentley, Delta County Republican chair, noted, "This is the first year that unaffiliated voters may vote in the primaries of their choice. As things progress all voters are encouraged to study the candidates, as June will be here soon. Several Republican candidates have petitioned onto the primary ballot as well."
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.