U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colorado, left, and Democratic
gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper at a
campaign rally in Silverton on Monday.
By Mark Esper
The day of decision is coming soon.
But many San Juan County voters have apparently already decided.
The County Clerk’s office reports that 86 absentee ballots have already been returned, and another 71 citizens had voted early as of Wednesday morning.
That’s a total of about 25 percent of the 618 registered voters on file at the clerk’s office.
Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 29, at the County Clerk’s office. Registered voters may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the office is closed from noon to 1 p.m.).
The rest of San Juan County’s voters will be heading to the voting booths at the county courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 2, to elect a new county commissioner, a new county clerk and new county assessor.
They also will help pick a new governor, help to determine the outcome in highly competitive congressional races, and have their say on statewide ballot issues designed to drastically limit government spending.
Three county officials on the ballot do not face opposition. They are Sheriff Sue Kurtz, Coroner Keri Metzler and Treasurer Bev Rich.
County Commissioner Ernie Kuhlman is facing a challenge from Bob Boeder in his bid for re-election.
Running for county clerk are LaDonna Jaramillo and Patricia “Lizzie” Kost, and running for assessor are Keri Jaramillo, Dan Salazar and Brent Westlund. The current assessor, Judy Zimmerman, and county clerk, Dorothy Zanoni, are not seeking re-election.
San Juan County voters will also have their say in a race that has drawn national attention. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to replace Ken Salazar, who became secretary of the Interior, is in a tight race with Republican Ken Buck.
And Democratic Rep. John Salazar of Manassa is fighting to hold on to his seat in Congress against Republican Scott Tipton of Cortez.
Voting on Tuesday, Nov. 2, will take place at the County Clerk’s office from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.