County election: Whiting, Schultz


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The unofficial results of the Archuleta County General Election are in, with incumbent Michael Whiting retaining his job as county commissioner for District 3 over Republican challenger Ray Lattin, and Dean Schultz winning the surveyor position out of three candidates.

Archuleta County logged an unofficial voter turnout of 69 percent for the midterm election, with 5,568 ballots returned out of 8,011 active voters.

Following are the unofficial vote totals for Archuleta County for the top vote-getters in each race.

The results of the election will remain unofficial for two more weeks. In that period of time are three additional deadlines that could potentially affect vote totals.

Nov. 12 is the last day for ballots cast by military and overseas electors to be received by the county clerk in order to be counted.

Nov. 12 is also the last day for electors to cure signature discrepancies, missing signatures and identification issues.

Nov. 18 is the last day for the verification and counting of provisional ballots.


Following are the unofficial vote totals for the local contested races.

• County commissioner, District 3:

Whiting (unaffiliated): 2,829 votes.

Lattin: 2,496 votes.

• Surveyor:

Schultz: 1,744.

Ron Sutcliffe: 1,053.

Thomas Johnston: 717 votes.

All three surveyor candidates were unaffiliated.

In addition to two local contested races, the ballot contained three advisory questions placed on the ballot by Archuleta County and the Town of Pagosa Springs for the purposes of gaining insight into what electors would potentially support in the future.

Results show that, while voters are in favor of the town and county combining their parks and recreation efforts, they are not in favor of raising sales tax to pay for parks and recreation projects.

The results of those three questions are listed below with the total number of votes for and against.

• Nonbinding, advisory question 1A: “Would you be in favor of the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County combining their park and recreation efforts and programs through the creation of a Parks and Recreation District?”

Yes/for: 3,375.

No/against: 1,815.

• Nonbinding, advisory question 2A: “If a Parks and Recreation District is formed it has to be funded. Would you support a permanent sales tax not to exceed 1 cent as the sole source of funding?”

Yes/for: 2,047.

No/against: 3,173.

• Nonbinding, advisory question 3A: “If a Parks and Recreation District is not created would you support a sales tax increase over a limited period of time dedicated solely to completing recreation projects such as the town to lakes trail?”

Yes/for: 2,090.

No/against: 3,134.

Following are the vote totals for the uncontested county races.

• County clerk and recorder:

June Madrid: 4,220.

• County treasurer:

Betty Diller: 4,024.

• County assessor:

Natalie Woodruff: 4,117.

• County sheriff:

Rich Valdez: 4,083.

• County coroner:

Dan Keuning: 4,331.

State and national

Following are the Archuleta County vote totals for national and state candidates:

• U.S. senator:

Archuleta County voters aligned with the rest of the state, with Republican Cory Gardner winning 3,096 votes in Archuleta County and incumbent Democrat Mark Udall garnering 2,029.

Libertarian Gaylon Kent was the third-highest vote-getter in Archuleta County, receiving 128 votes.

• U.S. representative, District 3:

Archuleta County again voted in line with the whole of Colorado, with incumbent Republican Scott Tipton receiving 3,398 votes compared to Democrat Abel Tapia’s 1,598.

Unaffiliated Tisha Casida garnered 231 votes, with Libertarian Travis Mero taking 130.

• Governor/lieutenant governor:

Though the statewide election was calling in favor of incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper by a narrow margin early Wednesday morning, Archuleta County voted in favor of Bob Beauprez Tuesday, with the Republican garnering 3,026 votes and Hickenlooper receiving 2,150.

Libertarian Matthew Hess was the third-highest vote-getter, with 103 votes.

• Secretary of state:

Archuleta County voted in sync with the rest of the state, with Republican Wayne Williams taking 2,993 votes in Archuleta County to beat out Democrat Joe Neguse, who garnered 1,806.

• State treasurer:

Republican Walker Stapleton beat out Democrat Betsy Markey at both the state level and in Archuleta County, where Stapleton received 3,051 votes and Markey received 1,907 votes.

• Attorney general:

Republican Cynthia Coffman commanded the win in Archuleta County with 3,199 votes, compared to 1,602 for Don Quick, with local voters again matching the statewide results.

• State Board of Education, congressional District 3:

Republican Marcia Neal garnered 3,291 votes in Archuleta County, with Democrat Henry Roman taking 1,690 votes. Neal won the race in the district.

• State Senate, District 6:

Running unopposed, Republican Ellen S. Roberts tallied 3,435 votes in Archuleta County.

• State representative, District 59:

As of Wednesday, with 96 percent of votes reported, Republican J. Paul Brown led incumbent Democrat Mike McLachlan by a mere 292 votes.

In Archuleta County, however, voters were more firmly in favor of Brown, with 3,287 votes going to Brown and 1,969 votes going to McLachlan.

State ballot questions

Following are the Archuleta County vote totals on the state ballot questions.

• Amendment 67: Regarding defining “person” and “child” to protect pregnant women and unborn children.

The proposed amendment failed both at the state and county level, with 3,067 voters against the measure and 2,195 in favor in the county.

• Amendment 68: Regarding horse racetrack limited gaming proceeds for K-12 education.

The measure failed at the state level, as well as in Archuleta County, where 3,498 people voted against the proposed amendment, compared to 1,719 in favor.

• Proposition 104: Regarding requiring meetings of boards of education to be open if a collective bargaining agreement is discussed.

The only one of the measures to pass at both the state and the local levels, Archuleta County electors cast 3,678 votes in favor and 1,403 against.

• Proposition 105: Regarding the labeling of genetically modified foods.

The proposed statute failed locally and statewide, with Archuleta County voters casting 3,139 votes against the measure, compared with 2,126 for it.


All of the justices and judges will be retained, according to voters, with Archuleta County voting in sync with others in the applicable districts. Following are the Archuleta County totals.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright garnered 2,743 “yes” votes, compared to 1,515 “no” votes.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica M. Marquez garnered 2,797 “yes” votes, compared to 1,518 “no” votes.

For the court of appeals, Terry Fox garnered 2,629 votes to be retained, with 1,534 voting against retainment.

Also for the court of appeals, Alan M. Loeb garnered 2,748 “yes” votes and 1,425 “no” votes.

Voters also elected to retain 6th Judicial District Judge Suzanne F. Carlson with 2,765 votes in favor and 1,459 against.