The stage is set for the November election -- Republican Mike Lane will face Democrat Dick Gilmore for District 1 Delta County commissioner. That seat is currently held by Doug Atchley, who is term limited.
Lane fended off challenger Teresa Nelson, garnering 63 percent of the votes cast in the June 26 primary election.
With the exception of clerk and recorder, the remainder of the county offices are uncontested. The only candidates are the incumbents, who are all Republicans.
For clerk and recorder, Democrat Stacy Lowe is challenging the current office holder, Teri Stephenson, a Republican.
Lane expressed his appreciation for all who supported his candidacy. "I enjoyed meeting new people and seeing old friends who came out to the meet-and-greets and getting their perspective on the issues that face our county."
He asks for continued support in November, promising to represent Delta County in an "aggressive, polite, business manner."
From the field of four Democrat and four Republican candidates for governor, Jared Polis (D) and Walker Stapleton (R) emerged as winners. Delta County also favored Polis and Walker, but to a lesser degree. State percentages are followed by county results:
Democrats -- Jared Polis, 44.43 (40.85); Cary Kennedy, 24.72 (27.17); Donna Lynne, 7.28 (9.29); Mike Johnston, 23.57 (22.69).
Republicans -- Walker Stapleton, 47.67 (41.48); Greg Lopez, 13.19 (11.48); Doug Robinson, 9.00 (7.27); Victor Mitchell, 30.14 (39.77).
Matt Soper (State Representative District 54), Mike Mason (State Representative District 61) and Olen Lund (State Senate District 5), the three Delta County candidates seeking state office, sailed through the primary with no opposition.
For the first time, unaffiliated voters could cast ballots for either Democrat or Republican candidates. Rene Loy Maas, Delta County deputy clerk and recorder, said before ballots were mailed out, 180 unaffiliated voters declared party preference. Of those, 38 voted Democrat and 46 voted Republican.
The remaining unaffiliated voters received both ballots, with instructions to choose one or the other. Loy was pleased to report that just 23 ballots were rejected because voters returned both. A total of 678 ballots were returned for Democratic candidates, compared to 937 for Republican candidates.
County clerks are still processing ballots. July 5 is the last day for a military and overseas ballot to arrive, and the last day for a voter to cure a missing signature or a signature discrepancy.
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.