Former Salida Mayor PT Wood was elected as Chaffee County Commissioner and County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell won a third term as elections chief in local office balloting for the mid-term elections Nov.8.
Wood, with a wealth of government experience and planning commission roles, replaces outgoing Rusty Granzella, and joins fellow Democrat Keith Baker and Unaffiliated Greg Felt on the commission.
Mitchell, passionate about voting rights, installed security glass in the office after some election workers were harassed, and was herself threatened by someone brandishing a fake handgun that in reality was a squirt gun.
The last unofficial totals in the commissioner race showed Wood with 5,026 votes against 3,254 for Brandon Becker, and 1,717 for Unaffiliated candidate Adriane Kuhn.
Mitchell garnered nearly 7,500 votes in her re-election bid, against 1,038 votes supporting write-in candidate Elaine Allemang.
Featured image: Chaffee Democrat PT Wood who won the Chaffee County Commission election speaks to the Chaffee County Democrats assembled Tuesday evening at the Boathouse Cantina in Salida. Photo courtesy of Chaffee Democrats.