Latest News – Election 2012 – Lake County

Thumbs Up for 3A, Hix, Bordogna and Smith

Local Election results for Lake County were announced at the Lake County Courthouse Tuesday night, Nov. 6.

The third time was a charm for the school bond issue, with Lake County voters finally approving an $11.4 million bond issue that combined with a $15 million BEST grant will allow district upgrades, including a renovation and expansion to turn Lake County High School into a modern, efficient, 21st Century School.

The true winners of 3A VICTORY vote: Lake County students!

The 3A School Bond passed with 66.72 percent of the voters in favor of the bond; 33.27% voted no.

In a statement to Leadville Today, Co-chairs Melissa Hill and Donna Dawson, Citizens for Lake County Schools said:

“This is one of the reasons we live in Leadville, because of these moments when our community comes together to make something happen.  It has been an honor to work with such a talented and committed group of people.  We know this wasn’t an easy decision, and we so appreciate everyone who was willing to vote yes.  We now have a community opportunity to provide a major infrastructure upgrade for our kids, and we hope everyone will continue to bring their ideas and opinions to the table as we move forward with plans.”

Lake County Treasurer

Newly-elected Lake County Treasurer: Padraic Smith

Lake County voters choose Padraic Smith as the guy in charge of the county coffers, beating out Roy McGinnis for Lake County Treasurer by 880 votes. Smith’s victory leaves a spot open at Leadville City Hall as he vacates his position as Director of Administrative Services (Leadville City Treasurer) to serve as Lake County Treasurer starting in 2013.

Board of County Commissioners

Mike Bordogna captures a second term as Commissioner.

The Lake County Commissioner race between Republican candidate Alan Ainsworth and incumbent Mike Bordogna, saw a gap of 1049 votes with Bordogna reclaiming the seat for District Two.   

New leadership for Lake County: Bruce Hix

The elections office has declared Democrat Bruce Hix the winner of the race for Lake County Commissioner in District Three, edging out Republican contender Jack Saunders. It was Hix with 1,565 votes to Saunders 1,346 tallies. 

“I want to thank the people of Lake County for having the confidence in me to vote for me. I look forward to serving,” stated Hix after the results were announced.

Lake County’s newest Commissioner Hix will be seated in January to replace outgoing Commissioner Carl Schaffer. The same applies to Treasurer Padraic Smith.

The only uncontested race resulted in a continuation of recently appointed Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent, who has been serving in the position since June. Kent tallied 2,415 marks from Lake County residents.

Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent

Elementary Students Cast Votes for Mural

It’s Election Day – a day that could forever affect West Park Elementary (WPE) school children. No, it’s NOT the 3A School Bond issue, but rather the Gym Mural Vote!

Today, while Lake County residents will be closing out Election 2012 at the polls, WPE students will be casting their votes in a “mock” election for their favorite drawing which will eventually be painted on the school gym wall.

WPE 4th grade teacher Betsy Weis organized the mock election as a civics lessons for the young Americans. “Teachers will be explaining the election process in class,” explained Weis by email, “and comparing the real election to the one we will be doing in school.”

There will be a voting booth set up in the hallway for each grade.  The voting booths were made by kids in the 21st Century after school club “Upcycle Art” run by Cathy Williams.  A community volunteer will be in the hallways to help the kids vote and then give student voters an “I voted” sticker.  The stickers are the real stickers adults get when they vote, which were generously donated. 

The top three drawings have been posted around the school giving student voters some time to think about their choice.  Weis did not attach names to the drawings, encouraging students to vote for their favorite design, not their friend.  The Gym Mural Vote results will be calculated later today. Leadville Today will report the results of this important local election. 

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