Helen’s political history
Helen Klanderud made political history in 1980 when she was the first woman elected to the Pitkin County board of commissioners. She entered the race late and beat Tom Isaac, who had won the Democratic nomination in the primary. She served as a commissioner until 1986, when she ran for the Colorado State Senate. She lost that race by a small margin – about 500 votes shy out of a total of 30,000.
1999: Lost to Rachel Richards by 14 votes.2001: Klanderud was the top vote-getter with 850 votes; Richards received 658. Charlie Tarver got 360 votes and Torre 117. There was no majority in the May election so the first-ever runoff was held on June 5. Klanderud beat Richards, 927-878.2003: Klanderud won with 1,168 votes. Terry Paulson and Andrew Kole garnered 527 and 161 votes, respectively.2005: Klanderud won with 1,169 votes. Torre drew 597 votes, Paulson 318 and Bert Myrin 119 votes.
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