Gallegos defeats Garrow for CU Regents seat
Grand Junction Republican Glen Gallegos took up the mantle of longtime legislator Tillie Bishop in Tuesday’s voting, capturing the seat that Bishop now holds on the University of Colorado Board of Regents.
Gallegos, a former official with School District 51 and a businessman, outpolled Democrat Jessica Garrow to represent the 3rd Congressional District on the board that governs the four-campus university.
“The first thing I’m going to do is go there and see how it all operates,” Gallegos said Tuesday night as he watched election results with other Republicans at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Gallegos led Garrow 129,583 votes, or 54 percent, to 110,665 votes, or 46 percent, across the 3rd Congressional District, which encompasses most of the Western Slope and much of southern Colorado.
In Mesa County, Gallegos collected 36,364 votes, or 66 percent, and Garrow 18,439 votes, or 34 percent, according to returns from the Mesa County Clerk’s Office.
None of the university campuses is in the 3rd Congressional District, so one project Gallegos said he’ll consider is having the CU system better introduce itself to the largely rural areas of his district, Galllegos said.
He also will emphasize keeping the university affordable and accessible.
Gallegos put 33,000 miles on his vehicle campaigning across the sprawling district for the seat now held by Bishop, who is retiring.
Regents control a $3 billion budget and serve six-year terms.
Gallegos likely will join Democrat Stephen Ludwig, who was narrowly ahead of Republican Brian Davidson, 817,459 votes, or 46.4 percent, to 811,263, or 46 percent, with the remainder split between two minor-party candidates.