Republican primary for Elbert County commissioner too close to call

Recount is possible, but more votes need to be counted

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The Republican primary race for the District 2 Elbert County commissioner seat remained too close to call a day after the June 26 election.

Rick Pettitt held an eight-vote advantage over Anthony Hartsook, with 5,812 votes counted. Pettitt's lead of 50.07 percent to 49.93 percent could trigger a recount — but first, there are more ballots to be counted.

Pettitt, a Kiowa resident, currently serves as the county treasurer and is the former mayor of Kiowa. Hartsook, who lives in unincorporated Elbert County, is the director of business development for Aspen Communications. Both men are military veterans.

The candidate who emerges on the GOP side will be uncontested in the November general election, as there were no Democratic candidates in the primary. The winner will replace Danny Willcox, who has opted not to seek re-election.

Before a winner is named, there could be roughly 100 ballots — primarily military, overseas and unsigned ballots — that still need to be counted, according to Rhonda Braun, county election manager. Results of the election will not be certified and official until July 18.

If the margin of victory remains at less than one-half of 1 percent, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office would order a mandatory recount. If the margin is outside of that threshold, either candidate could request a recount at their own expense.

The following is a look at results in other primary races for Elbert County offices. Only the race for sheriff features a Democratic candidate.

Sheriff

Republican

Timothy Norton, 54.8 percent

Troy McCoy, 45.2 percent

Democrat

Donald Charobee, 100 percent

Assessor

Republican

Susan Murphy, 51.7 percent

Laura Forbes, 48.3 percent

Clerk and recorder

Republican

Dallas Schroeder, 100 percent

Treasurer

Republican

Sheryl Hewlett, 100 percent

Surveyor

Republican

Keith Westfall, 100 percent

Coroner

Republican

Sandra Graeff, 100 percent

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