MONTROSE – In narrow victories on Tuesday evening, incumbent Montrose County Commissioner candidates Ron Henderson and David White were re-elected to serve second terms.
In the District 1 race, after all 26 precincts had been counted, Henderson received 9,609 votes or 53.54 percent of the total ballots cast. His opponent, unaffiliated candidate Juli Messenger, received 8,337 votes or 46.46 percent of the total ballots cast.
“This is a result of an awful lot of fine people working hard for Montrose County Republicans,” Henderson said after the results were announced. “To those supporters, I want to say thanks a million. We have a very bright future in Montrose County and a lot to look forward to.”
In District 2, White received 9,530 votes or 52.15 percent of the total votes cast while his Democratic opponent Kjersten Davis received 8,745 votes or 47.85 percent of the total votes cast.
When Montrose County Clerk and Recorder Francine Tipton-Long made the announcement, White was surrounded by family members and broke down in tears upon hearing the results.
“All I can say is I am glad its over,” White said from his post-election party. “I am glad its over. I am very happy.”
Voters in the West End School District overwhelmingly rejected Ballot Issue 3A with 504 votes coming in against the $8.9 million bond issue that would have leveraged a $12.9 million grant from the state of Colorado to build a new PK-12 school.
And, as expected, Montrose County residents overwhelmingly preferred Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over incumbent Democratic candidate Barack Obama. In Montrose County, Romney received 12,789 votes or 67.12 percent of the total vote, while Obama received just 5,852 votes or 30.71 percent of the vote.
Out of a total of 27,365 registered voters in the county, there were 19,292 ballots cast marking a 70.5 percent voter turnout.
Additional reporting by William Woody