Beeson conceding in 9th DA race

Incumbent Republican Martin Beeson has changed his mind about pursuing a recount in the district attorney’s race for the 9th Judicial District.

Beeson issued a concession speech in an email to reporters late Friday afternoon.

Beeson lost by 192 votes to Democratic challenger Sherry Caloia in the race to serve as chief prosecutor in Garfield, Rio Blanco and Pitkin counties. He previously indicated earlier this week that he would seek a recount in the race.

“I would like to express my congratulations to District Attorney-elect Sherry Caloia in her victory in the recent general election,” Beeson wrote in the email. “It is my hope that all will give District Attorney-elect Caloia the support she will need to carry out the solemn duties that lie before her as the chief advocate for those in our communities who have been, and sadly will become, victims of crime.”

Caloia’s margin of victory had been too large for an automatic recount to be required. That meant Beeson had to pay for the recount costs upfront. They would have been reimbursed if the recount led to a change in the race’s outcome.

Aspen election activist Marilyn Marks has objected to county clerk office estimates of the anticipated recount costs, contending they were being exaggerated in a possible attempt to discourage such recount requests. Clerk offices in Garfield and Pitkin counties had defended their estimates.

Beeson has said he hoped to cover the costs through remaining campaign funds, but also had acknowledged he thought the chances of a recount changing the race’s outcome were low.

Beeson indicated in his email that he wouldn’t respond to media inquiries “at this time.”

“This time is Sherry Caloia’s and our focus should be on her assumption of the leadership responsibilities of the Office of the District Attorney in 2013,” he said.

Caloia couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


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