Mitsch Bush defeats Strong

Mitsch Bush will take over in January

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Vote Totals at a Glance

How Routt County Voted

CONGRESS, DISTRICT 3

REP Scott Tipton 2,281 29.54%

DEM John Salazar 5,294 68.56%

LIB Bert L. Sargent 147 1.90%

Bruce E. Lohmiller 0 0.00%

GOVERNOR and LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

REP Bob Beauprez / Janet Rowland 2,427 31.49%

DEM Bill Ritter Jr. / Barbara O'Brien 5,096 66.12%

ACP Clyde J. Harkins / Tracy Davison 27 0.35%

LIB Dawn Winkler-Kinateder / Richard Randall 114 1.48%

U Paul Noel Fiorino / Heather Anne McKibbin 43 0.56%

Gary Cooper (W) 0 0.00%

Darla Herold (W) 0 0.00%

Charles Walter Sylvester Jr./Ronita Marlene 0 0.00%

Sylvester (W)

SECRETARY OF STATE

DEM Ken Gordon 4,449 60.02%

REP Mike Coffman 2,964 39.98%

STATE TREASURER

REP Mark Hillman 2,935 39.90%

DEM Cary Kennedy 4,420 60.10%

ATTORNEY GENERAL

DEM Fern O'Brien 3,594 48.94%

REP John Suthers 3,410 46.44%

LIB Dwight K. Harding 339 4.62%

STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 57

DEM Andrew Gold 3,491 46.27%

REP Al White 3,730 49.44%

LIB Mike Kien 324 4.29%

COUNTY COMMISSIONER - DISTRICT 3

REP Paul Strong 3,248 42.35%

DEM Diane Mitsch Bush 4,422 57.65%

COUNTY ASSESSOR

REP Richard Klumker 2,062 27.16%

DEM Mike Kerrigan 4,276 56.32%

U Nancy Terry 1,254 16.52%

COUNTY SHERIFF

REP Garrett Wiggins 3,423 44.70%

DEM Gary Wall 4,235 55.30%

Amendment 38

Yes 1,930 26.59%

No 5,329 73.41%

Amendment 39

Yes 2,422 32.34%

No 5,068 67.66%

Amendment 40

Yes 2,303 30.96%

No 5,135 69.04%

Amendment 41

Yes 4,198 56.90%

No 3,180 43.10%

Amendment 42

Yes 4,392 57.28%

No 3,275 42.72%

Amendment 43

Yes 3,126 40.57%

No 4,579 59.43%

Amendment 44

Yes 4,128 53.49%

No 3,589 46.51%

Referendum E

Yes 5,721 76.35%

No 1,772 23.65%

Referendum F

Yes 2,672 38.88%

No 4,201 61.12%

Referendum G

Yes 5,500 77.43%

No 1,603 22.57%

Referendum H

Yes 3,102 42.66%

No 4,169 57.34%

Referendum I

Yes 4,521 59.66%

No 3,057 40.34%

Referendum J

Yes 2,642 35.57%

No 4,786 64.43%

Referendum K

Yes 3,732 50.68%

No 3,632 49.32%

CITY OF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS REFERENDUM 2A

Yes 1,231 34.32%

No 2,356 65.68%

ROUTT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE2 REFERENDUM 3C

Yes 3,516 61.81%

No 2,172 38.19%

ROUTT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE2 REFERENDUM 3D

Yes 3,363 59.71%

No 2,269 40.29%

CRAIG RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT REFERENDUM 4A

Yes 12 50.00%

No 12 50.00%

WEST ROUTT LIBRARY DISTRICT REFERENDUM 5A

Yes 615 79.05%

No 163 20.95%

STEAMBOAT LAKE WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT REFERENDUM 5A

Yes 83 84.69%

No 15 15.31%

Election 2006

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— Diane Mitsch Bush is Routt County's newest county commissioner.

Mitsch Bush, a Democrat, defeated Republican Paul Strong in Tuesday's election. Mitsch Bush netted 4,422 votes compared to 3,248 for Strong. The vote totals represented a 58 percent to 42 percent victory.

"I respect the wishes of the Routt County voters and look forward to continuing in public service," said Strong, a seven-year member and former president of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Strong's council seat will be up for re-election in November 2007.

Mitsch Bush, 56, could not be reached early this morning.

She is a 10-year member of the Routt County Planning Commission, and has served for the past nine years as the commission's vice-chairwoman. She has lived in Routt County since 1976.

Throughout her campaign, which began a year ago, Mitsch Bush stressed her consistent work to preserve agricultural lands and prevent urban sprawl.

"We will face a tsunami of growth (in Routt County)," Mitsch Bush said last month. "I will fight against sprawl."

Mitsch Bush was very active in preserving the Lake Catamount area and helping to implement the Purchase of Development Rights, or PDR, land conservation program.

Troy Brookshire, a Realtor with Colorado Group Realty and former chairman of the county planning commission, praised Mitsch Bush's work ethic earlier in the campaign.

"She's a professional. She was probably more prepared for meetings than any other member that served on that commission," Brookshire said. "She's very respectful of the public, and I know that she's passionate about Routt County. It's from the bottom-up, not from the top-down, with Diane. I don't think she has an agenda you don't find that much anymore."

Now retired, Mitsch Bush is a former sociology professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. She served as vice-chair of the Routt County Democratic Party from 2000 to 2005, as a member of the city of Steamboat Springs Development Advisory Group from 1996 to 1999, and as a member of the Vision 2020 Committee in 1993 and 1994.

Mitsch Bush led from the start Tuesday, earning a 17 percent lead over Strong in the first early voting results. She never relinquished the lead.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Hmmm 7 years, 5 months ago

At least a qualified Democrat won the position she was going for. Good work! Too bad the county's top law enforcement person was not qualified for the position he won. Hey Routt County, we're in for a long 4 years....but at least it will be 4 years of doing whatever you want and not being held responsible or getting in trouble for it.

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