Election Results: Reyes, Marcella, Berger Voted In
by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
“We do not have government by majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
Six contested county offices have been determined by voters in Lake County. A heavy ballot, and a heavier ballot box, 2,931 voters turned out to cast their choices in a crucial midterm election. Here are the results:
Lake County has elected Amy Reyes (D) as their new sheriff with 40.58% of the vote (1,161), followed by contenders Robert Glenny (561), William Kirkland (519), Tony Medina (454), and Lare Ferguson (166). Reyes makes history as Lake County’s first woman to be elected as sheriff. She is currently an officer in the Leadville Police Department and is employed by the Lake County School District. Reyes replaces Sheriff Rodney Fenske. Click for a detailed look at the numbers, and how each candidate turned out.
In the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) office, Kayla Marcella (D) will replace commissioner Dolores Semsack, joining sitting commissioners Sarah Mudge (D) and Mark Glenn (R). Marcella soundly defeated challenger Whittney Smythe-Smith (R) garnering 69.85% of the vote. Marcella is currently the Business Manager for The Center’s Early Childhood Education programs and has worked in the Clerk & Recorder’s Office and as the county’s Finance Director.
In the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, incumbent Patty Berger (U) retains her seat. Berger has served as Clerk and Recorder since 1995 and will now serve for the next four years. Opponent Bethany Maher (D), Deputy Clerk in the City of Leadville, won 1,297 votes as opposed to Berger’s 1,516.
Two more incumbents retain their seats: Miguel Martinez (D) as Lake County Assessor tallied 1,935 votes, over his opponent and former employee in the assessor’s office, Alan Ainsworth (I), who saw 801 votes at the polls. And incumbent County Coroner Shannon Kent (D) won against opponent Larry Jack (U).
For a direct look at the numbers CLICK HERE to see the results.
Not only did Lake County constituents choose representatives in local offices, but also spoke for statewide representatives and ballot measures. Here’s how opinions fared in Lake County on the grander scheme of government. Keep posted at the Secretary of State’s website for the final results as they come in across Colorado.
In State House District 61, a race to replace term-limited Millie Hamner, the county voted in favor of Julie McCluskie (D) over Mike Mason (R). For State Senate District 5, Lake County opted to keep incumbent Kerry Donovan (D).
On a ballot measure to grant the Colorado Mountain College district the ability to raise its mill-levy at will to cover losses in revenue, Lake County voiced a ‘yes’ vote with 62.60% in favor of the measure.
In state offices, Lake County preferred Diane Mitsch Bush (D) for United States Congress House Representative, Jared Polis (D) for Governor, Jena Griswold (D) for Secretary of State, Dave Young (D) in the Treasurer’s office, and Phil Weiser (D) for Attorney General.
When it came to the multitudinous state issues, Lake County voted against the contentious property rights initiative, Amendment 74, but voted in favor of oil/gas setback Proposition 112 and school finance Amendment 73.
In a political atmosphere not unlike that of Mars (harsh and unforgiving), it is more important than ever to keep showing up at the ballot box. Shouting and campaigning don’t always win elections, and they certainly don’t determine how the country, state, county, or city is governed. So thank you to all who came out and performed their civic duty as determined by the Constitution. A new government will be sworn in by the Colorado General Assembly on January 9, 2019.
Brennan Ruegg works at West Park Elementary and is proud to be an American.