Hermacinski is commissioner-elect after final ballot count

Cari Hermacinski is Routt County’s District 3 commissioner-elect after this week’s validation process for ambiguous ballot signatures affirmed her election night victory.

Replacement for Grand County judge sought

Grand County Judge Ben McClelland will be leaving office after Grand County voters ousted him, 3,222 to 2,841, during Tuesday’s election. This past summer, the 14th Judicial District Performance Commission recommended that the judge not be retained, and county voters followed their advice despite the fact that about two-thirds of judges recommended for non-retention are retained anyway.

Campaign spending was lopsided in most Routt County races heading into Election Day

The latest campaign finance reports filed by Routt County candidates reveal the biggest spenders heading into Election Day claimed victory in every race. But in the case of the Routt County Commissioner's race, the vote gap was a lot closer than the spending gap.

Final margin of Hermacinski/Ivancie Routt County commissioner race pending until next week

Cari Hermacinski outpolled incumbent Steve Ivancie by 89 votes out of 10,125 cast, but the presence of 107 ballots that had signatures that did not closely match the signatures on file for the voter has left a shred of doubt about the ultimate outcome.

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Voters swarm to election in Routt County

The 10,581 Routt County voters who took part in the 2014 election likely set a midterm record for participation.

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Hermacinski apparent winner over Ivancie by 89 votes of 10,125 cast

It’s unlikely, but Ivancie could gain about 30 votes when the final 121 ballots are tallied and come within .5 percent of Hermacinski’s vote total — the threshold for an automatic recount.

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Downtown Steamboat Springs stakeholders narrowly reject proposal to fund BID with property tax

The defeat of the tax measure sends downtown business leaders back to the drawing board to try and figure out how to secure more revenue for upkeep and improvements in a downtown area that just two years ago was scrambling to find money to save flower baskets on Lincoln Avenue. It also casts doubt on whether the Steamboat Springs City Council will continue to consider a proposal from the city to use tax increment financing under an urban renewal authority to fund things like sidewalks and pedestrian lighting downtown.

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Democrat incumbent Mitsch Bush defeats McConnell in state house race

Colorado House District 26 incumbent Diane Mitsch Bush defeated challenger Chuck McConnell by a healthy margin Tuesday night.

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Election Day 2014 live updates

Live updates from the 2014 election, covering Routt County, state and national politics

Voters re-elect Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg

Voters again have decided they want to keep Rob Ryg as their Routt County coroner.

Voters extend mill levies for Hayden, South Routt

Voters within the Hayden and South Routt school districts turned out with overwhelming support to extend mill levy taxes in each district, according to preliminary results Tuesday night.

Millions poured into Colorado Senate, gubernatorial races

Colorado’s campaign season means lots of ballots in the mail and issues weighing on voters’ minds.

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Brita Horn wins Routt County treasurer's race with 52 percent of the vote

Republican Brita Horn was elected Routt County treasurer Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Nikki Knoebel by collecting 52.18 percent of the vote. Horn had 5,068 votes to Knoebel’s 4,713 votes.

Proponents of downtown tax are optimistic heading into Election Day

Sometime after 7 p.m. Tuesday, everyone will learn whether commercial property owners in the downtown BID will pay an extra property tax worth four mills that could be spent on things like wayfinding signage, trash and recycling collection and parking management.

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1st all-mail partisan election looks like a winner at the polls

Routt County Elections Supervisor Kim Bonner confirmed that as of about 1:30 p.m. Monday, 7,746 ballots, representing 50 percent of the eligible voters, had been cast.

State House candidates fed up with super PACs

Candidate Chuck McConnell said the charge that he backs a plan to drain tax dollars out of public schools in Routt and Eagle counties and send them to private schools in Denver is “ludicrous, but probably hurting me.” The claim was made in a super PAC mailer.

Tree Haus district seeks referendum to improve sewer line

A referendum on the local ballot next week will ask the residents of Steamboat's Tree Haus Metropolitan District to approve an increase in their mill levy to help pay off the cost of improving its sewer system.

Tina Kyprios, Kay Weinland and Catherine Carson: Exercise your right to vote

The 2014 General Election is a mail ballot election. Mail ballots were sent to all eligible voters to the address on their voter registration, beginning Oct. 14.

Abel Tapia: How a problem solver solves problems

Long before I was a state senator, before becoming a small-business owner but right after I had started my own family, I became a licensed professional engineer. I was motivated by the opportunity to better my wife and children, and I loved the opportunity to fix things and to solve complex problems. Along the way, I became inspired by the Engineer’s Code of Ethics.

Scott Tipton: Bringing common sense to DC

Throughout the past four years, it has been an honor representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. We have seen our economy marginally improve during the past four years, but as you know, we still have a long way to go.

Wayne Williams: Ensuring Colorado elections run fairly

My name is Wayne Williams, El Paso County clerk and recorder and candidate for Colorado Secretary of State. Seventeen years ago, I first served on the Canvass Board overseeing elections. I saw firsthand the importance of fair and accurate processes.

Joe Neguse: Empower citizens with right to vote

My name is Joe Neguse, and I am running for secretary of state for a very simple reason: I believe that the right to vote is sacred. My parents came to this country more than 30 years ago from a war torn country in East Africa.

Cory Gardner: Bring us together

Coloradans are independent thinkers who expect candidates for office to present a clear and positive vision for the future of our state.

Gaylon Kent: Accept the challenge

Friends, throughout history it has been common to ask, “If not us, who, and if not now, when?” That question resonates this election season.

Mark Udall: Collaboration delivered

Nearly six years ago, the people of Colorado sent me to the U.S. Senate on a promise to bring Colorado common sense to Washington. With the nation reeling from two wars in the Middle East and an economy hobbled by a financial crisis, we needed a change.

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Downtown Steamboat stakeholders still deciding whether tax proposal is worth the price

The fate of a proposed property tax increase in downtown Steamboat Springs rests in the hands of downtown business owners like Wendy Lyon.

Bob Beauprez: Colorado, we can do better

Opportunity that used to come here is passing us by. Good jobs that have supported our communities are being threatened, and some have left the state. We see economic numbers telling us that there’s pockets of good news, but in much of the state, families still are waiting for the recovery to show up at their kitchen table.

John Hickenlooper: Building on a strong foundation

Despite devastating fires and a historic flood — despite 13 federally declared disasters — we have not merely survived; overall, our state has thrived.

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Resources available to help voters make educated decisions on judges

Voters this election season will not find the names of James Garrecht and Shelley Hill on yard signs.

Local political volunteers know who has voted and who is waiting to cast a ballot

Political volunteers might want to set down their phones just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday, when the Denver Broncos take to Sports Authority Field to take on the rival San Diego Chargers.

Betsy Markey: Accountability, not partisanship

Hello, fellow Coloradans. I am running to be your next state treasurer. Many of you know that I have more than 30 years experience running two successful businesses, working in the public sector in the Departments of Treasury and Homeland Security and, of course, Congress.

Walker Stapleton: Protecting taxpayers across state of Colorado

It has been an honor to serve as your state treasurer for the past 3 1/2 years. Since taking office in January 2011, I have woken up each day focused on protecting Colorado’s taxpayers. Too often, politicians need to be reminded that your hard-earned tax dollars should be protected and not used as their personal piggy bank.

Don Quick: Fighting to keep communities safe

I am running to be Colorado’s next attorney general to protect all that makes Colorado great: our people, our communities and our natural treasures. I’ve spent my career as a prosecutor, not a politician, and I know by working together, we can build a safer and stronger Colorado.

Cynthia Coffman: Experience brings continuity to office

I have been honored to serve as your chief deputy attorney general for the past 9 1/2 years. As second-in-command of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, I have worked with General John Suthers to build an exceptional public law office for the state and its residents.

Henry Roman: Spreading access to a high-quality education

I am running to represent the 3rd Congressional District on the State Board of Education because I think that all children in Colorado deserve access to a high-quality education.

Marcia Neal: Representing rural schools

I’m Marcia Neal, and I’m running for re-election to the State Board of Education for a second term. I’m a Colorado native and have lived in Grand Junction all of my adult life. I have 25 years in the classroom, mostly as a history teacher. I then served eight years on the Board of Education in Mesa County. In 2008, I was elected to the State Board.

Cari Hermacinski: 5 reasons to vote for challenger

I am Cari Hermacinski, and I’d like to be your Routt County commissioner. As a lifelong resident of the Yampa Valley, I want to work to make certain Routt County stays a place for future generations to prosper and enjoy.

Steve Ivancie: Experience creates effective leadership

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Routt County as your commissioner and look forward to earning your vote to continue to manage the future of Routt County.

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Election forum draws 160 people

Local and state candidates faced off Tuesday night in an election forum hosted by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, Routt County Democratic and Republican parties and the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Election Guide 2014: Routt County clerk mails out close to 15,000 ballots

Voters to participate in Colorado’s 1st mail-in contested partisan election

Ballots for the 2014 general election will be arriving in the homes of Routt County residents this week. The Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office reports that 14,932 ballots were mailed out to registered voters Oct. 13.

Election Guide 2014: Cari Hermacinski

Cari Hermacinski is running against Steve Ivancie for the District 3 Routt County commissioner seat.

Election Guide 2014: Steve Ivancie

Steve Ivancie is running against Cari Hermacinski for the District 3 Routt County commissioner seat.

Election Guide 2014: Tight race develops for Colorado governor

Bob Beauprez and Jill Repella are running against John Hickenlooper and Joe Garcia for the offices of Colorado governor and lieutenant governor.

Election Guide 2014: Diane Mitsch Bush

Diane Mitsch Bush is running against Chuck McConnell for the Colorado House District 26 seat.

Election Guide 2014: Chuck McConnell

Chuck McConnell is running against Diane Mitsch Bush for the Colorado House District 26 seat.

Election Guide 2014: Former state senator challenges 2-term incumbent for 3rd Congressional District

Abel Tapia is running against Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat.

Election Guide 2014: Nikki Knoebel

Nikki Knoebel is running against Brita Horn for the Routt County treasurer and public trustee seat.

Election Guide 2014: Brita Horn

Brita Horn is running against Nikki Knoebel for the Routt County treasurer and public trustee seat.

Election Guide 2014: Darrel Levingston

Darrel Levingston is running against Rob Ryg for the Routt County coroner seat.

Election Guide 2014: Rob Ryg

Rob Ryg is running against Darrel Levingston for the Routt County coroner seat.

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