Beeson proceeds with recount request in 9th DA race

Saying he’s simply seeking certainty regarding the results, incumbent Republican Martin Beeson announced today he is requesting a recount of the results of the race for district attorney for the 9th Judicial District.

Beeson planned to file the request with the Secretary of State’s Office today or Tuesday.

Final election counts in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties have Beeson trailing Democratic challenger Sherry Caloia by 192 votes. Caloia’s margin of victory is more than 100 more than the amount that would have required an automatic recount.

As a result, Beeson will have to pay for the recount’s cost unless the results change the race’s outcome. He’s hoping he has enough leftover campaign funds on hand to cover that cost.

Beeson continues to acknowledge the chances of him winning due to a recount are slim.

“I’m ready to walk out of here and when I do I’ll walk out with my head high. I just don’t want to think back and say, why did I leave that stone unturned,’” he said. “If this recount turns out as I’m sure most if not all expect, it will be just confirmation that the results were correct. It will provide finality. … It’s that finality, that certainly that I think will benefit all concerned.”

Caloia said Beeson’s entitled to seek a recount under state law.

“So that’s fine,” she said of his decision. “I have total confidence in the clerks of the three counties. I’m not expecting there to be much of a change.”


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