Election Day almost here; here’s a review of what’s on the ballot
To learn more about what’s on the ballot and how to vote, go the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s website.
EAGLE COUNTY — All the ads, arguments and general bad feelings end Tuesday.
That’s right, after what seems like one of the most interminable election seasons ever, the votes will be counted Tuesday. While this is Eagle County’s first all-mail ballot in a presidential election year, there’s still a chance to cast a ballot, either at a drop-off site or in person at a voting machine — although the in-person voting machines are only available in Eagle, Avon and El Jebel.
If you’ve yet to look at your ballot, it’s a whopper, filling up most of two full sheets. With late-voting residents in mind, here’s a look at what’s on those ballot sheets, starting at the top.
There are 22 pairs of candidates — one for president, one for vice president — on this year’s ballot, including candidates from the American Delta Party, the Independent People Party (isn’t that a kind of oxymoron?), at least three socialist parties and the Prohibition Party.
Of course, the winner will be either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Compared to the presidential race, this is a lightly-contested race, with only seven people running for one of Colorado’s two U.S. Senate seats.
The winner will be either Democrat Michael Bennet or Republican Darryl Glenn. Former Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi, who now lives in the Roaring Fork Valley, is running under the Green Party Banner.
U.S. House of Representatives
Eagle County is part of two congressional districts, District 2 in the eastern part of the county, and District 3 for western areas.
In District 2, the incumbent is Boulder-area Democrat Jared Polis. The Republican candidate is Nicholas Morse. Richard Longstreth is running for the Libertarian Party.
In District 3, incumbent Scott Tipton, a Cortez -area Republican, is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Gail Schwartz, who lives near Crested Butte. Libertarian Gaylon Kent is the third candidate.
• Two of the three Eagle County Commissioner seats are up for election.
In District 1, roughly the eastern portion of the county, incumbent Jill Ryan is being challenged by Republican Michael Dunahay.
In District 2, roughly the middle portion of the Eagle River Valley, incumbent Kathy Chandler-Henry is the Democrat in the race. Her Republican challenger is Rick Beveridge.
• The Eagle County Treasurer’s position is, technically, an open seat.
Republican Mari Renzelman is the incumbent in the race. A long-time employee in the office, Renzelman was appointed early this year to the position following the retirement of longtime Treasurer Karen Sheaffer.
Longtime Eagle County Clerk & Recorder Teak Simonton, a Democrat, is also running for the seat.
If Simonton wins, then the county commissioners will appoint her replacement. If she remains in her current post, then she’ll face re-election in 2018.
• Avon Town Council: Five candidates are running for three available seats. Incumbents Jennie Fancher and Jake Wolf are running for re-election. Former council members Peter Buckley and Amy Cramer Phillips are seeking seats, as is Trevor Spinks.
• There’s a three-way race for 5th Judicial District Attorney. That four-county district encompasses Clear Creek, Summit, Lake and Eagle counties.
Clear Creek County resident Bruce Brown is the incumbent. He’s a Democrat. His challengers are Eagle County resident Bruce Carey and independent Sanam Mehrnia of Summit County.
• Eagle and Routt counties make up District 26 in the Colorado House of Representatives. Steamboat Springs Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush is the incumbent, running for a third two-year term. Her challenger is longtime Vail Valley resident Michael Cacioppo, a Republican.
• In the Colorado Board of Education race for District 3, the candidates are Republican Joyce Rankin and Democrat Christine Pacheco-Kovelescki.
• There’s a race for the at-large member on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Democrat Alice Madden and Republican Heidi Ganahi are the candidates.
• Colorado voters determine whether or not to retain judges. Voters this year will decide whether or not to retain Colorado Supreme Court Justice William Hood.
Colorado Court of Appeals Judges Karen Ashby, Michael Berger, Steven Bernard, Stephanie Dunn, Dave Furman, Robert Hawthorne, Jerry Jones, Anthony Navarro, Gilbert Roman and Diana Terry face retention votes.
5h Judicial District Court Judges Paul Dunkelman, Wayne Patton and Karen Romeo are up for retention, as is Eagle County Court Judge Katharine Sullivan.
State ballot issues
Voters face a long list of state ballot questions. Here’s a quick look:
• Amendment T would remove “slavery or involuntary servitude” from possible punishments for convicted criminals.
• Amendment U would exempt from property taxes any interest in property valued at $6,000 or less.
• Amendment 69 would establish a single-payer health insurance system for the state.
• Amendment 70 wold raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by early 2020.
• Amendment 71 would establish a system to make amending the Colorado Constitution more difficult.
• Amendment 72 would increase the state’s tobacco tax.
• Proposition 106 would legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
• Proposition 107 would establish a presidential primary to replace the current caucus system.
• Proposition 108 would allow unaffiliated voters to vote in party primaries.
Local ballot issues
• Ballot Issue 1A would raise Eagle County’s sales tax by .3 percent — exempting groceries. That tax would raise roughly $5 million per year for countywide affordable housing efforts.
• Ballot Issue 1B would create a 15-year extension of the county’s existing 1.5-mill open space property tax. The measure would authorize issuing bond debt to finish the Eagle Valley Trail that runs from the top of Vail Pass to the eastern end of Glenwood Canyon.
• Ballot Issue 3A would raise taxes for Eagle County Schools. The increase would pay for raises for teachers, restoring programs including art, music and technology, and expand hours and services in the district’s preschool programs.
• Ballot Issue 3B is another tax increase for Eagle County Schools. Money from this issue would pay for a $144 million bond issue for construction. Projects would include additions and renovations to the district’s existing schools.
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Eagle County Schools added six mental health counselors and the district will add two more school resource officers, according to the school district’s 2019-2020 budget book. The district also aised starting pay and gave staffers a 2.3% cost-of-living raise.