“Candidate’s Night” Speaks to Local Audience, Issues
“Candidate’s Night” for state, local offices, as well as ballot issues, was held Monday, Sept. 29 at Colorado Mountain College. About 100 people gathered for the opportunity to get to know the candidates, and ballot issues.
Readers can find videos of the evening’s program at the end of this report or on the Leadville Today YouTube Channel.
This Nov. 4 election, local voters will be deciding a county and city question, as well as the mill levy request from the St. Vincent Hospital District.
The first two issues deal with term-limits, asking voters to extend them for County Commissioners (Referendum 1A) and City Clerk (Referendum 2A). The third initiative is Referendum 5A, more commonly referred to as the Hospital Mill Levy Increase.
And now the for candidates . . . .
State Senate – District 5 will most likely be the most lively race, as outgoing, term-limited Senator Gail Schwartz has left the seat wide-open, to be contested by Don Suppes (R), Kerry Donovan (D) and Lee Mulcahy (Libetarian).
Incumbent State Representative for Lake County, Millie Hamner (D-61) will once again take on challenger Debra Irvine (R), and newcomer challenger Mac Trench (Libetarian).
Closer to home, the focus is on races for County Commissioner – District 1 and Lake County Sheriff. Uncontested races include County Clerk and Recorder (Patricia Berger), County Treasurer (Padaric Smith), County Assessor (Miguel Martinez) and County Coroner (Shannon Kent)
But the showdown on historic Harrison Ave will be played out at the poll in District One where Incumbent Commissioner Dolores Semsack (D) faces off against former Commissioner and Republican Charlie O’Leary. Election Day, November 4 will also be the day, Lake County residents decide if they want a new sheriff, as Sheriff Rod Fenske defends his office against challenger Daniel Hanson (R).
There’s No Excuse With Numerous Ways To Vote
With all the recent changes in elections, lack of convenience can no longer be an excuse for not casting your ballot, especially for Colorado voters. Here are the details about how, where and when you can cast your vote in Lake County:
- Mail-In Ballot – The Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is waiting for the Official Mail-in Ballots to get back from the printers. Once they arrive they will be delivered to ALL registered Lake County voters, so you should see them I your mailbox soon. If you chose to vote this way, you can mail it back, or drop the ballot at two drop box locations available at the courthouse. One box is located by the Sheriff’s “buzz-in” door and will be available to voters 24 hours a day. The second drop box is in the Clerk’s Office. Deadline for Mail-In Ballots is by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4.
- Early Voting – begins Monday, October 20 and run through Monday Nov. 3. Hours for voting on Monday thru Friday are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. And remember there are also two Saturdays for Early Voting on October 25 and November 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Early voting takes place in the lobby of the Lake County Courthouse. Please bring proper ID to vote.
- Election Day – Voting on Tuesday, November 5 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Lake County Courthouse lobby. Please bring proper ID to vote.