Pitkin County election results – final
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Incumbent Pitkin County commissioners Michael Owsley and Jack Hatfield retained their seats, while George Newman outpolled Dee Malone in a race for an open commissioner’s seat in Tuesday’s general election.
In Snowmass Village, Bill Boineau won the mayor’s race, while John Wilkinson and Markey Butler prevailed in a three-way race for two Town Council seats.
A proposed tax increase for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority won favor in Pitkin County by a 4,713-to-3,951 margin, but the outcome on the RFTA measure awaits final vote totals in Eagle and Garfield counties.
In the presidential race, county voters favored Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain, 7,260 to 2,448.
Democrat Mark Udall outpolled Republican Bob Schaffer in a U.S. Senate race in Pitkin County by 6,825 to 2,341. Udall prevailed statewide in the race.
In Colorado’s District 3 congressional race, Democratic incumbent John T. Salazar won handily over Republican Wayne Wolf, 7,319 to 1,984 in the county. Salazar won re-election.
Results of Tuesdays balloting were slow in coming from the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and final, unofficial tallies were not available until after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
According to Snowmass Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon, “procrastinating voters” were partly to blame for the holdup. The county clerk’s office was flooded with mail-in ballots being turned in during the final hour the polls were open.
Every mail-in ballot had to be judged by both a Republican and a Democrat, she said.
According to Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland, the local campaign to elect Barack Obama spent the day calling and visiting the homes of the roughly 600 voters who hadn’t yet turned in their ballots Tuesday morning.
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