SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – “I’m so thrilled that the citizens of San Miguel County still believe in me enough to vote me in for another four years.
“I feel so grateful,” said District 1 incumbent Commissioner Elaine Fischer (D), who beat her Republican opponent Steve Kennedy handily, with 67 percent of the votes, in the Nov. 6 election.
Fischer received 2,687 votes while Kennedy received 1,327 votes.
“I’ll work harder than ever,” said Fischer, who remains as the lone Democrat on the steering committee of Colorado Counties, Inc., which lobbies state government on behalf of counties.
In District 3, incumbent Green candidate Art Goodtimes received 1,746 votes, which represents 42 percent of the total votes cast. Democratic challenger Dan Chancellor received 33 percent of the vote by garnering 1,375 votes, and Republican candidate Kevin Kell received 1,000 votes (24 percent of the total votes cast).
“I think Dan Chancellor ran a strong campaign; he worked very, very hard,” Goodtimes said, Wednesday. “As a candidate, he went to almost every home in the county – he did kind of a textbook campaign.”
That said, “The voters looked beyond the sloganeering for substance,” added Goodtimes, who like Fischer now heads into his fourth term on the BOCC.
Goodtimes was gracious about his Republican opponent, as well, praising Kell for not descending “into negative campaigning” at any point in his campaign.
“Kevin did an excellent job; he held his own; he knew the issues,” Goodtimes said, going on to observe that the percentage of county voters who returned him to office was roughly the same as it was in the 2008 election, in which he also faced opposition for Democrat and Republican opponents.
In the presidential election, San Miguel County remained true to form, as well, casting 70 percent of its votes for President Obama, and just 27 percent for Mitt Romney.