Latest News – November 9

Leadville Election Results 2016: Yes to Glenn, No to Jail

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Young voters and record turnout on Election night, November 8. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today

After a record turnout and Lake County voters showing up to the courthouse until the last possible minute to cast their ballots, the results are in:

Local voters determined there were more questions than answers concerning Referendum 1A, also known as the Lake County Justice Center initiative. The 1.5% sales tax increase was voted down at the polls yesterday by a margin of 14.8%, meaning it’s back to the drawing board for proponents looking to build a new county jail and courthouse facility. 

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Last minute voters waiting at the Lake County Courthouse. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today

Republican Mark E. Glenn secured the seat for Lake County Commissioner, District 3 with 51.58% of the vote, beating out Democratic contender Bud Elliott. Rounding out the Board of County Commissioners by no surprise is Democrat Sarah Mudge (2,206 votes), who ran uncontested and has secured her seat since the June primaries. Glenn and Mudge will be replacing commissioners Bruce Hix and Mike Bordogna.

Sarah Mudge enjoys an Election Day breakfast with her daughter Olive at City on the Hill Coffee shop in Leadville. Mudge is the uncontested candidate for Lake County Commissioner, District Two and will officially be sworn into office on Jauary 10, 2017. Photo: Leadville Today.

Sarah Mudge enjoys an Election Day breakfast with her daughter Olive at City on the Hill Coffee shop in Leadville. Mudge is the uncontested candidate for Lake County Commissioner, District Two and will officially be sworn into office on Jauary 10, 2017. Photo: Leadville Today.

Spac_50Judge Jonathan Shamis retains his position as Lake County Court Judge, confirmed by 1,852 votes of confidence. Judge Shamis was initially appointed to the position in July 2013.

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Voters await the results. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today

It’s been a long race that is finally run. Newly elected officials across the state will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. For full statewide election results visit The Denver Post.  Lake County’s decisions by-the-numbers can be viewed HERE. Thanks for voting and stay vigilant!

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Spac_50Bruce Brown Re-Elected as District Attorney

Final returns this week from the Colorado Secretary of State reflect
that Bruce Brown has been re-elected to a four-year term for District Attorney in the Fifth Judicial District, which encompasses the counties of Clear Creek, Eagle, Summit and Lake.

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District Attorney Bruce Brown

District Attorney Brown, upon receiving the results indicated that, “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the people in court as their prosecutor. It has been an honor to be the elected District Attorney since 2013, and I am buoyed by the prospect of building on the accomplishments the District Attorney’s staff has achieved. My thanks to the voters for returning me to this important office. I will be working hard to assure the public is well protected, victims’ rights are honored, and that each person accused of a crime has their
Constitutional rights respected and given fair opportunities to participate in a course of rehabilitation whenever appropriate,” Brown said. 

2016 marks the 30th year of law practice for District Attorney Brown, who will be sworn into office for his next term on Jan. 10, 2017. District Attorneys in the State of Colorado are limited by law to two terms, unless otherwise approved by voters. The Fifth Judicial District maintains a two term service limit. 

Brown was opposed by Defense Attorneys Bruce Carey, Republican nominee from Eagle County, and Sanam Mehrnia, an unaffiliated candidate from Summit County. Election results are posted HERE.

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