Voters oust one, keep another in primaries
Republican and County Treasurer Larry Gilliland will serve a final term in office – term limits will preclude him from running after his next four-year term – after voters cast 503 ballots for him. Marty Ferris, the assistant finance director for the county, received 476 votes.
Gilliland said he’s looking forward to another four years serving the county.
“It was a close race, but I think the taxpayers, citizens and voters of Summit County will be served well the next four years,” he said. “I’m thrilled to be back in office. I had some good support from lots of folks in the community.”
Ferris said she was disappointed in the results, but said she fought a hard race.
“I gave it my best shot, and I’m sorry things turned out the way they did,” she said. “I felt like I did everything I could. It’s hard to win against an incumbent.”
Voters chose newcomer Joanne Richardson as the winner in the Republican primary for Summit County coroner. Richardson garnered 526 votes against incumbent Dave Joslin, who received 436 votes.
“I’m ecstatic – I’m dumfounded. I’ve worked so hard to educate voters why we have the coroner system and, frankly, why they should care,” Richardson said. “And this wasn’t me versus Dave; it was me wanting the job that I love and find rewarding.”
Joslin shared his thoughts on the election outcome.
“I’m disappointed, but the county voted they way they wanted to vote,” he said. “Joanne put up a hard election, and she came out ahead.”
Richardson’s and Gilliland’s names will both appear on the November ballot, but they will run uncontested in their respective races because the Democrats didn’t put anyone on the ballot for these positions.
In other local election results, the following candidates ran uncontested in their races:
Republican Cheri Brunvand, who ran uncontested for county clerk and recorder, garnered 841 votes. Sheriff Joe Morales, Republican, received 869 votes for Summit County Sheriff and County Assessor and Democrat Denise Steiskal received 174 in her bid to regain her seat as county assessor.
A total of 1,209 people voted in Tuesday’s election.
The votes are unofficial until they can be double-checked, said Vicky Stecklein, elections administrator for the county. That must be done by Friday. A new duty that office has is to verify provisional ballots, which are cast by voters who moved and didn’t have time to register in their new precincts. Those votes must be verified within 12 days after the election; Stecklein expects those to be tabulated by Friday, as well.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or email@example.com.
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