The voters have spoken (or filled in ovals, as the case may be) and, though the results are still technically unofficial, they elected a new county commissioner and assessor, and made numerous other key decisions on Election Day.
Until the results are canvassed and 70-some provisional ballots are checked and counted, the results in Archuleta County will not be deemed official.
According to the results available by press time, Michael Whiting (Unaffiliated) tallied 2,874 votes and Bob Hart (Republican) tallied 2,132, making Whiting the county’s third commissioner come January.
“I’m really honored, actually, that the people heard what I was trying to say and I’m just in love with this community and want to see it really prosper,” Whiting said in reaction to his victory.
“I’m looking forward to a day off, then we’re got a lot of work between now and January, before I take office,” Whiting said, noting he’s already met with the current BoCC in efforts to make his transition on to the board smooth.
In the race for assessor, Natalie Woodruff (Republican) garnered 2,724 votes, while Fred Uehling (Democrat) garnered 2,299 votes, with county voters electing Woodruff to the post.
In reaction to the outcome, Woodruff said she is “... very happy and very relieved and very excited to start.”
“I’m just looking forward to getting in there and working,” Woodruff said.
In other, uncontested Archuleta County races, Clerk and Recorder June Madrid (4,029 votes), Treasurer Betty Diller (3,886 votes), Sheriff Pete Gonzalez (3,717 votes), Surveyor David Maley (3,805 votes) and Coroner Carl Macht (3,991 votes) were reelected to four-year terms.
The new term for those elected begins Jan. 1, 2011.
Archuleta County Judge Jim Denvir was retained, with 3,412 votes in favor and 1,311 opposed.
As for the Archuleta County ballot measures, questions 1A and 1B, county voters came out in strong opposition to both.
Question 1A would have continued the current 1A agreement, freezing the mill levy and providing the county with additional revenue in perpetuity.
Voters agreed with the BoCC on the matter, which came out in opposition to their own measure, vowing to place it on the ballot again with more defined controls.
The measure fell with only 1,347 votes in favor and 3,562 against.
Ballot question 1B, which would have raised 1.5 mills that the county would then dedicate to the Archuleta County Education Center for educational projects, also fell, with voters indicating their dislike of new taxes.
The question fell soundly with 1,163 votes in favor and 3,792 in opposition.
Not counting provisional ballots, 5,221 of the county’s 9,425 active and inactive voters turned out — just over 55 percent of those able to vote.
See other election results in related stories in this issue of The SUN