Election 2022 results: Kersgaard leads Szabo in Jefferson County assessor race

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With 99% of Jefferson County ballots tabulated, it appears Scot Kersgaard will retain his position as Jefferson County assessor, beating challenger Libby Szabo in the Nov. 8 election.

As of 8 p.m. Nov. 9, Kersgaard garnered 160,663 or 56.43% of the vote, while Szabo has 124,038 or 43.57% of the vote.

The Jeffco Clerk & Recorder's office says it has tallied all of the votes in its possession. Final vote totals will be available on Nov. 17 when overseas ballots will be counted.

Kersgaard said he was thrilled to retain the assessor position.

“It’s a hard job, and it’s a hard job to do in four years,” Kersgaard said. “Sometimes you need to make improvements and changes to culture. Government moves slowly sometimes. If I’m limited to four years, I can’t get everything done that I want to get done.”

He noted that being the county assessor is not a partisan position.

“It’s just get the property values right,” he said. “That’s our job, and we do the job. It’s not about partisanship.”

Kersgaard said in candidate statements that in his tenure in the position, the office has improved the assessor website, so it is among the best in the state.

He noted that before his election in 2018, 5% of Jeffco property owners appealed their values each year, the highest percentage of all major metro counties. Today, about 3% appeal, a sign that the office is doing a better job and that people have more confidence in the office’s work.

Szabo said she was running for assessor to bring a balance to county government, noting that the concerns of average citizens have been ignored. She called her greatest strength being familiar with county and state government, having previously served for six years as a Jeffco commissioner and five years in the state Senate.

Her background is in the mortgage lending and financial services industry.

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