Following the recent passing of Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) president Charlie Bartlett, CCAC board members elected Doug Wilson as the new president with a unanimous vote earlier this month.
"We lost an incredible leader with Charlie's passing, but we will certainly make it a priority to carry forward with his innovative and forward-thinking spirit as we address the challenges facing agriculture, and as we make investments on behalf of Colorado corn farmers," said Wilson, who farms near Olathe.
The CCAC board oversees how Colorado's corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in the state) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other endeavors.
Wilson had been serving as the CCAC vice president prior to last week's vote. Taking over that vacancy is Mike Lefever, a Longmont-area farmer, who was also elected by a unanimous vote.
In addition to serving on the CCAC board, Wilson has served on Colorado groundwater advisory boards, as well as boards representing West Slope sweet corn producers.
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.