In a race that stayed close all evening until the last hour, Rusty Granzella (Republican) edged out Kimberly Parker (Democrat) for the open District 3 Chaffee County Commissioner seat. While all voting results will remain conditional for eight days while the votes are cured, Granzella’s current votes are 5,852 to Parker’s 4,959 votes.
“Well just for tonight, I cannot say thank you enough to the voters of Chaffee County,” said Granzella. “I’ll spend my next four years doing the best I can to keep Chaffee County our loved home and our beautiful valley – and keep our young people here for a future. Although these are economic good times in general, I know it’s a tough time for our young families and workers and employees. It’s a struggle for many.” Granzella also praised his opponent. “I want to add, she ran a well-ran campaign – a good campaign – I know she is a hardworking lady.”
Other Chaffee County down-ballot local races:
Dee Dee Copper 5,876
Susan Shepherd 4,628
John Spezze 5,929
Jon White 925
Stephen Hall 3,379
Jeff Graf 6,403
David Slavish 4,134
Both County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchel and County Assessor Brenda Mosby ran unopposed.
For those looking to delve into the details of Colorado state or local races, they can go to the Secretary of State’s election site at www.sos.state.co.us.