Steamboat Springs Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said he is disappointed to be ousted from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office but he doesn’t know what else he could have done to win the election.
Wall lost to All Crimes Enforcement Team Commander Garret Wiggins by more than 900 votes. Wiggins will take office Jan. 11.
“I’m philosophical about this,” Wall said. “I respect our electoral process, and it is what it is, and I got thrown out with the rest of the Democrats and incumbents in Colorado, and what can I say? You never know all the details.”
Wall said he has not analyzed all of the results, but said, “Boy, some pretty popular Democrats — John Salazar — lost, as well as many others. Who knows what the connection is.”
Wall got 4,051 votes to Wiggins’ 4,978. Wall took the lead in seven of the 18 precincts, including six of eight precincts in Steamboat Springs. The only rural area he won was precinct 4, bordering Steamboat to the northeast. He said that in the last election he remembers carrying all of the Steamboat precincts and three rural precincts.
Wall said he was not at the office Wednesday and turned his phone off Tuesday night after learning about the results.
“It’s disappointing, but elections are elections,” he said. “That’s our process.”
When asked what he would have done differently, he said he hadn’t considered anything but said he didn’t have any regrets.
“I didn’t know what else to do,” he said. “I had a positive campaign and did what I could do.”
“I don’t have any idea what else I could have done,” he said. “I had enough money; I just didn’t know what else to do.”
Wall said he doesn’t have any plans for a job after he leaves office, but he’s not worried.
“It’s disappointing, but in terms of life, it’s not a setback,” he said.
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