It's official. Wanda Gofforth won the mayoral race over Gill Saunders by a single vote. "It was a little close," said Gofforth, who claimed a 69-68 win. Gofforth said she was informed that Delta County election officials verified the numbers carefully. "I feel real comfortable with it," said Gofforth. "You just have to move on and start getting things done."
Both candidates were nearing the end of a four-year council term when they entered the race. Saunders said before the official results were released that if Gofforth wins, even by a vote, he will not request a recount. "The consolation is that it was not a blowout," said Saunders.
Gofforth said she was pleased that with 29.51 percent of Delta County voters participating in the election, 50.18 percent of registered voters participated in the Crawford election. She was also surprised by the close race for the four council seats. Tammy Broughton and John Paton will serve four-year terms. Incumbent Hetty Todd and Chriss Watters, who served two terms on council about 20 years ago, tied with 91 votes. The fourth seat is for a two-year term, with the decision of who will serve that term likely coming down to a coin toss, said Gofforth.
Swearing in of the new mayor and trustees will be held at Wednesday night's meeting (April 20) which begins at 7 p.m.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.