Tate Locke was appointed to the Delta County Planning Commission Nov. 14, representing the Surface Creek area.
Locke is a Colorado native and moved to the Western Slope in 2003. He has owned and operated the Cristee-Meade Building Company in Cedaredge for the past 14 years. "We strive for excellence in building and work hard to create lasting relationships with our clients, the majority of which are new to the area," Locke said.
"I have an inherent interest in the economic, industrial and recreational sustainability of Delta County."
Locke fills the vacancy on the Planning Commission formerly occupied by Dick Disner.
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.