The district covers an area in the southeast part of the county. Also up for election were the seats to District B and F. Michael Benziger, the incumbent in the District F seat, was term-limited from running, Davis said, and will be replaced by his wife, Phoebe Benziger, who ran unopposed. Seth Felix also ran unopposed for the District B seat.
Montrose County Elections Supervisor Debbie Rudy said her office will canvas all the votes on Nov. 16 and make a determination by Nov. 18.
The vote count is complicated by laws that require verification letters be sent to out of town and overseas voters, Rudy said. Provisional votes, where a voter wasn’t on the rolls but allowed to vote anyway pending verification, also adds to the possibilities that the vote could go either way.
Either way, it will be a close race, Rudy said, since the winner is only required to have one-half of 1 percent above the competitor to win.
Davis said the school board decided to go ahead and seat Benziger and Felix and that Bynum would keep her seat until the vote is resolved. Davis said she had heard that 108 signatures have to be verified by the county.
In other area elections, Clint Colson, Michelle Barkemeyer and Steven Larry Swain were elected to four-year terms on the Norwood School Board, defeating Alan Hatfield and Wendy Crank.
Residents of Nucla voted down a 1 percent sales tax increase by a vote of 95 to 75, as well as refusing an 11.04 mill levy tax increase, by a vote of 102 to 68.
Countywide, Montrose voters overwhelmingly turned down Proposition 103, the only statewide question on the ballot, to increase spending on public schools, by 6,512 to 2,354. According to Nov. 4 edition of The Colorado Statesman, “The measure would have hiked state sales and income taxes for five years and earmarked the estimated $2.9 billion in additional revenue for education spending from preschool through higher ed.”
Statewide, voters rejected the measure 2-1.