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Republicans maintain hold on county offices

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The election results are in, and as expected, Democrats did well in state and national races. Jared Polis, Colorado's new governor, led a slate of Democratic candidates to victory, including Jene Griswold, secretary of state; Dave Young, state treasurer; and Phil Weiser, attorney general.

With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71 percent, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52 percent.

Results will not be official until the canvass later this month, but with just over 100 votes outstanding countywide, it's unlikely the results will change. The deadline is Nov. 14 for voters to "cure" their ballots by clearing up any signature or identification discrepancies that might have cropped up.

Republicans maintained their hold on county offices, with the election of five incumbents, a new sheriff and a new county commissioner. Mark Taylor, who was unopposed in his bid for Delta County sheriff, will replace Fred McKee in January. Mike Lane held off challenger Dick Gilmore for Delta County commissioner District 1, and Teri Stephenson defeated Stacy Lowe, a Democrat, for county clerk and recorder.

Results of the local races can be found on page A5.

Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative District 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative District 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate District 5.

Soper is the first Delta resident elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 54 years. He defeated Thea Chase of Palisade by a margin of 66 to 34 percent.

"Thank you to the people of House District 54 for your overwhelming support," said Soper. "I'm very grateful for the many supporters, volunteers, friends, and family in Delta who volunteered, prayed for me, and helped make our campaign successful."

Soper will be sworn into office on Jan. 4. He will replace outgoing State Representative Yeulin Willet (R-Grand Junction), who grew up in Delta. Willet's father, Charlie Willet, was a law partner of Charles Conklin, the last Delta resident elected to the legislature 54 years ago.

Soper said he plans on introducing legislation to maintain water infrastructure and to help schools bring back programs like shop and home economics.

With the exception of Amendment W, Delta County votes reflected those of the state. The majority of Colorado voters favored a constitutional amendment to change the format of the election ballot for judicial retention elections. In Delta County, 57 percent opposed that amendment.

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