Presentation of the U.S. flag by a JROTC color guard from Delta High School and the singing of "God Bless America" by DHS junior Shanaya Deuschle set the tone for the Delta County Republican Assembly. Delegates convened at the Delta Center for Performing Arts Saturday morning.
Two Republicans have declared their candidacy for District 1 county commissioner and both received enough support to advance to the primary election in June. With 52 percent of the votes, Teresa Nelson will be listed first on the ballot. Mike Lane received 48 percent of the delegate votes.
County chairman Roger Bentley said the assembly went very smoothly with excellent participation from candidates as well as new and existing precinct committee persons.
"I would say everybody came out of the assembly a winner," Bentley said.
That afternoon, Republicans from Mesa and Delta counties met at the Delta Performing Arts Center to designate candidates for the office of state representative for Colorado House District 54. Delta County resident Matt Soper is currently unopposed in the GOP primary.
Also at the GOP State House 54 Assembly, Rep. Yeulin Willett was recognized for his service to western Colorado.
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.