County voters select Ranson, Lucero and Diller, swim against national tide

Archuleta County voters decided three key local races Tuesday, with one of the strongest voter turnouts in Archuleta County’s history.

According to numbers from Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid, District 1 county commissioner candidate Republican John Ranson scored with a decisive victory — a 3,907 vote to Democratic challenger Ron Chacey’s 2,317.

In District 2, Democrat Clifford Lucero defeated the competition with 2,644 votes, while unaffiliated candidate Marion Francis gathered 1,827 votes. Coming in third and fourth, Republican Ray Keyawa took 1,416 votes and unaffiliated candidate Natalie Carpenter 411.

Despite mounting a formidable write-in campaign Archuleta , Kelly Evans lost her treasurer’s seat to Republican Betty Diller. Diller won 2,725 votes to Evans’ 2,295.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Evans said, due to inconsistencies and aberrations in the collecting and counting of votes she will not concede to Diller yet.

“Due to unusual circumstances, I am not going to concede. I may ask for a recount; a recount may be in order,” Evans said.

In the presidential election, Archuleta County voters gave the nod to McCain/Palin — 3,618. The tally for Obama/Biden was 2,822.

For full election coverage, see Thursday’s SUN.