Mack takes assessor’s race
Joyce Mack of Edwards will be the new assessor after defeating incumbent Jody Caruthers by 13 votes.
“It was a hard-won race and it’s obvious that Jody Caruthers has many supporters,” Mack said Thursday. “I thank the many people who supported me and made my campaign a success. To the citizens of Eagle County, I look forward to my new responsibilities as the Eagle County assessor.”
Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Sara Fisher released final results Thursday afternoon following election certification of the Eagle County Canvass Board.
After counting 19 provisional ballots – and an extra 75 absentee ballots – Mack got 678 votes. Caruthers received 665.
The GOP’s primary election Tuesday was too close to call, with an eight-vote difference between Mack and Caruthers. Mack would have won the race if it were not for the provisional ballots, which were used in the state for the first time. The provisional ballots needed to be verified.
Because no other party fielded candidates, Mack is unopposed in the November election. She takes office in January with a staff of 23 people and about 34,000 taxable properties in Eagle County.
Fisher had anticipated releasing results Wednesday afternoon after certification of the provisional ballots. Because of the close margin in Tuesday’s race, however, election officials postponed the announcement of the winner until Thursday afternoon.
“I appreciate all the support of the people in the county,” said Caruthers, who got 48 percent of the votes.
Caruthers, who won the office in 1998 defeating incumbent Allen Black and also served as Eagle County’s assessor for a term in 1987 through 1991, will be the county assessor until January.
Twenty-one of the 22 provisional ballots cast Tuesday were counted, Fisher said. Provisional ballots allowed people who aren’t registered to vote after completing an affidavit. Election officials must verify the information in the affidavit prior to counting of the provisional votes.
“Future elections could be delayed as a result of the provisional ballots,” Fisher said Thursday. “The upside of provisional ballots is that it allows voters who otherwise might not be able to cast a ballot to participate in the election. The downside is that it prolongs the vote-counting process and can delay the final results.”
The race for county assessor was the only contested race in Eagle County.
The assessor, lists and values all property within the county. Taxing entities then use the information to calculate property taxes.
Mack has worked for 12 years with water authorities assessing tap fees for metropolitan districts – including Arrowhead, Eagle-Vail and Edwards.
Almost 1,700 voters of both parties went to the polls in Eagle County Tuesday, less than 10 percent of the 18,452 registered voters in Eagle County.
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