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Valley county election results

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 7th, 2012

Marianne Dunne

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County voters retained one county commissioner and unseated the other in Tuesday’s election.

County Commissioner Darius Allen, a Republican, retained his seat on the board of commissioners with 3431 votes to Unaffiliated challenger Erwin Young’s 2850 votes in the unofficial results released Tuesday night.

Democrat Mariann(e) Dunne unseated incumbent George Wilkinson, a Republican, in Tuesday’s election with 3400 votes to Wilkinson’s 3054 votes.

“I am excited to serve the people of Alamosa,” Dunne said. “I am very humbled by all the votes I got, the confidence people have in me. I promise to work really hard with Darius Allen and Mike Yohn. They are both wonderful men.”

Dunne, the sole Democrat on the three-member board of commissioners, is also the first woman to serve on the board since Charlotte Bobicki concluded her service on the board about eight years ago.

Dunne commended the county staff and said during the months leading up to the election she has learned a great deal about the county and is determined to serve all county residents with an open mind and an open door.

Voter turn out in Alamosa County was high, as it was throughout the San Luis Valley during this General Election. More than two-thirds of the eligible voters in Alamosa County cast ballots during the election, many of them before November 6 either via early voting or mail-in.

Rio Grande County voter turnout was 65 percent, and Mineral County logged 80 percent voter turnout.

Conejos County

Conejos County Commissioner District 1 winner is John Sandoval, the Republican incumbent who won with 53 percent of the votes to his Democratic opponent Donald Chaves who received 47 percent of the votes.

Sandoval said, “I am honored and grateful to have been reelected to another term. It’s been a pleasure working with the elected officials in the county. By the grace of God he has granted me another term and I am looking forward to taking Conejos County in a positive direction.”

Sandoval also thanked Chavez for a good, clean race.

Conejos County Commissioner District 3 winner is Steve McCarroll, also the Republican incumbent, who received 55 percent of the county votes compared to his opponent Julie Gomez who received 45 percent of the votes.

McCarroll said, “Julie is a good friend and fought a good fight. We tried our best to get our people behind us and she did a good job. I appreciate and congratulate John, we are going to move forward and carry our county to the next level.”

Conejos County residents voted against Amendment 64 with 2,157 no votes and 1,771 yes votes.

Fifty-four percent of the Conejos County vote was against amendment S, and 67 percent of the vote was in favor of amendment 65.

In the race for the senate seat for District 35 the winner in Conejos County was Crestina Martinez, with 53 percent of the vote. Her opponent Larry Crowder received 44 percent of Conejos County votes.

In the race for District Attorney Conejos County residents voted in favor of Democrat David Mahonee with 1,952 yes votes compared to his opponent Republican Peter Comar who received 1,902 yes votes.

Republican Scott Tipton won out in the county with 49 percent of the vote, Democrat Sal Pace had 47 percent, and the rest of the votes were split among other candidates.

The county supported Stephen Ludwig for Regent of the University of Colorado At Large, and Jessica Garrow for Regent of the University of Colorado Dist. 3.

Conejos County showed a 54 percent support for President Obama; 57 percent of the vote went to Ed Vigil; the county also unanimously voted to keep all judges.

Costilla County

Costilla County Commissioner District 1 winner is Democrat Lawrence Pacheco, who won with 1,190 votes to his opponent write-in Ed Atencio with 316 votes.

Costilla County Commissioner District 3 winner is Democrat Joe Gallegos, who received 1,290 votes compared to opponent Republican Ed Daughenbaugh with 442 votes.

Costilla County voters supported President Obama with 1,317 votes to Romney’s 440 votes.

Costilla County residents voted for Amendment 64 with 1,038 yes votes and 679 no votes. Amendment S was won by a small margin in Costilla County with 851 votes, Amendment 65 was received 1,208 yes votes.

In the race for the senate seat for District 35 the winner for Costilla County was Crestina Martinez 1,134 votes.

In the race for District Attorney Costilla County residents voted in favor of incumbent Democrat David Mahonee with 1,150 compared to his opponent Republican Peter Comar who received 565 votes.

The race for representative in the 3rd Congressional District in Costilla County favored Democrat Sal Pace with 1,104 votes, 65 percent.

Costilla County supported Democrat incumbent Ed Vigil for state representative with 1,335 votes; and Democrat Stephen C. Ludwig for the Regent of the University of Colorado At Large with 1,130 votes, and Democrat Jessica Garrow for the Regent of the University of Colorado congressional Dist. 3 with 1,128 votes.

Mineral County

Mineral County has 837 registered voters, 674 of whom voted this year. That is an 80.5 percent turnout, according to Clerk and Recorder Eryn K. Wintz.

Democratic challenger Don Hollenshead defeated incumbent Republican Jimmy K. Adelman 343 to 316.

Democrat Charles “Chuck” Fairchild lost to Republican Ramona Weber, 400 to 253.

Mineral County voters also favored Republican Tim Walters over incumbent Democrat Edward Vigil 348-257.

In the race for newly created Colorado Senate District 35, Republican Larry Crowder pulled in 312 Mineral County votes to 386 for Democrat Crestina Martinez and 18 for Libertarian William Stuart Barti.

In the race for 12th Judicial District Attorney, Republican Peter Comar drew 321 votes to 262 for incumbent Democrat David Mahonee in Mineral County.

The contest between Republican incumbent U.S. Representative Scott R. Tipton saw 362 voters backing Tipton over Democratic challenger Sal Pace, who pulled in 208 Mineral County votes, Libertarian Gregory Gilman, 8, and unaffiliated candidate Tisha T. Casida, 35.

Mineral County voters strongly favored the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan with 344 votes over the incumbent Democrat ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, with 291 votes. Eight votes were scattered among other parties’ candidates.

Rio Grande County

The Del Norte Schools were big victors in Tuesday’s election, drawing 1075 yes votes to 758 votes against the mill levy override that will pump new funds into the school d9strict, making up for state budget cuts and other funding losses.

Independent Pam Bricker is Rio Grande County’s new County Commissioner in District 3, pulling in 1,973 votes to 1,722 for Republican Gene W. Glover and 902 for Marty Asplin, also an incumbent.

The tallies are unofficial, since the county had 15 of 16 precincts (94 percent) reporting at press time.

Running unopposed for the seat in commissioners’ District 3, Republican incumbent Doug Davie drew 3,780 confidence votes.

Running for the seat in newly created State Senate District 35, Republican Larry Crowder was the winner in Rio Grande County with 2,585 votes to 2,094 for Democrat Crestina Martinez and 167 for Libertarian William Stuart Bartley.

In the race for State House District 62, Republican Tim Walters pulled in 2,504 Rio Grande County votes to 2,290 for Democrat incumbent Edward Vigil.

The hotly contested race for 12th Judicial District Attorney saw Republican Peter Comar drawing 2,570 votes in the county to 2,152 for incumbent Democrat David Mahonee.

Rio Grande County backed the incumbent in the U.S. House District 3, giving 2,785 votes to Republican Scott R. Tipton, 1,811 to Democrat challenger Sal Pace, 92 to Libertarian Gregory Gilman and 134 to independent Tisha T. Casida.

The county went Republican again in the race for regent of the University of Colorado-at large, according 2,200 to Brian Davidson and 1,969 to Democrat Stephen C. Ludwig. ACN’s Tyler Belmont drew 166 votes and Libertarian Daniel Ong, had 163 votes.

In the race for Regent of the University of Colorado Congressional District 3, Republican Glenn Gallegos won the confidence of 2,442 Rio Grande County voters to 1,995 for Democrat Jessica Garrow.

Chief 12th Judicial District Judge Pattie P. Swift drew 3,454 votes of support from Rio Grande County electors and 951 against her service.

Constitutional Amendment S dealing with the state personnel system was narrowly defeated in Rio Grande County, 2,345 to 2,194.

Amendment 64, regarding legalization of marijuana, lost by a narrow margin with Rio Grande County voters, 2,424 to 2,411.

Amendment 65, regarding the state’s right to limit political contributions passed 3,469 to 1,242 in Rio Grande County.

Saguache County

Saguache County will have two County Commissioner Andersons in 2013. Both are Democrats

In the District 1 race Jason Anderson took more than half the total votes with 1,462 in the three-way race including Republican Joe Cisneros, 655 votes, and Unaffiliated candidate Lisa Cyriacks, 634 votes.

In District 2, Ken Anderson easily won over Republican opponent Rock Finley, with Anderson receiving 1,737 votes and Finley receiving 947.

In other races, Saguache County voters chose the Democratic opponents over the Republicans as well.

In the District 62 race, incumbent Democrat Ed Vigil received 1,754 votes and Republican Tim Walters 919 in Saguache County.

Saguache County voters favored Democrat Sal Pace with 1,517 votes to Republican incumbent Scott Tipton who received 986 Saguache County votes.

The Democratic candidate for the new Senate District 35 seat, Crestina Martinez, also received the majority of the Saguache County votes, 1,677, compared to Republican Larry Crowder who collected 933. Libertarian William Bartley received 131 Saguache County votes.

Incumbent District Attorney, a Democrat, received 1,608 votes in Saguache County to Republican Peter Comar’s 1,026.

Both of the local judges standing for retention received a good share of confidence votes from Saguache County electors. District Judge Pattie Swift received 1,629 votes for retention and 632 against, and Saguache County Judge Amanda Pearson received 1,756 confidence votes with 732 negative votes.

Saguache County voters favored Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana, with 1,761 in favor and 956 against.

Democratic President Barack Obama also received the majority of the votes in Saguache County, 1,762, compared to 937 for Republican Mitt Romney and scattered votes for other parties.

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