Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak received overwhelming support from Republican voters, beating challenger Bea Westwater by more than 2:1 in the Republican primary election.
Stahoviak, who has served as county commissioner for District 1 for the past 12 years, received 1,009 votes, while Westwater received 446, according to unofficial election-night results.
Stahoviak will face Libertarian candidate Mike Kien in the general election in November.
"I really appreciate everyone that voted for me," Stahoviak said. "Most of all, I appreciate their confidence that I do have the ability to continue to do my job."
The last eight months have been "trying," said Stahoviak, who was flown to a Denver hospital in mid-December because of life-threatening kidney failure and infections. In the past months, she has undergone several knee surgeries, with her final one scheduled for Aug. 24.
In the meantime, she has been participating in most commissioner meetings via phone conferences, and making some public appearances.
Stahoviak said as she continues to campaign, she will not take her focus off of the issues she feels are critical to the county, including affordable housing and early childhood care and education, as well as building a new justice center at a reasonable cost.
"Different constituents have different issues that are most critical to them, and I think we just need to continue to address all of those issues early and take the time to make sure we make positive change," she said.
Westwater -- who has live full-time in the county for five years -- said she would certainly be back in the political arena, trying again for a county commissioner seat or other office.
She wanted to thank those who voted for her, and said she "would still like to bring some vision to Routt County."
She said she would not support Stahoviak as a fellow Republican.
"I do think we need change," Westwater said.
In a written response to election results, Westwater said she maintains that Routt County needs to promote itself more, and that the county should have an economic development director, among other needed changes.
Stahoviak has said she has the background, dedication and knowledge of Routt County issues needed for the job.
She has lived in Oak Creek for the past 28 years, beginning her career in public service 25 years ago.
"I've always felt that I have tried to represent all the people of Routt County and make decisions that were best for Routt County as a whole, and I've tried to serve openly," Stahoviak said. The support she received Tuesday at the polls "ratifies the job that I've done," she said. "That's what I would like to continue to do."
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