GJ municipal election is today

Update 7:32 p.m.

Challengers Phyllis Norris, Marty Chazen, Harry Butler and Rick Brainard posted early leads this evening in the race for four Grand Junction City Council seats.

Meanwhile, voters were overwhelmingly favoring industrial zoning for property owned by Brady Trucking along the Colorado River east of downtown and narrowly rejecting a request to allow the city to retain revenue for transportation projects.

At 7:30 p.m., Norris was holding a comfortable lead, 6,390 to 3,587 over Councilor Tom Kenyon in the District A race. In District D, Chazen held a slim lead over Councilor Laura Luke, 4,375 to 4,316, with Bonnie Beckstein in third place with 1,316 votes. In District E, Butler was receiving 4,045 votes compared to 3,353 for Duncan McArthur and 2,248 for Robert Noble. For the at-large seat, Brainard had 5,687 votes compared to 4,120 votes for Mayor Bill Pitts.

Referred Measure A, which would retain industrial and industrial-office zoning for Brady Trucking’s roughly 13 acres near 27 1/2 and C 1/2 roads, was easily passing 7,907 votes to 2,742.

Referred Measure B, which would allow the city to retain money otherwise refunded to taxpayers under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, was narrowly being defeated, 5,451 votes to 5,285.

Check back with GJSentinel.com later this evening for updated results and read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.

Today is the last day Grand Junction city voters can cast their ballots in the municipal election.

The ballot features four City Council races and two ballot measures.

Challenger Phyllis Norris and incumbent Tom Kenyon are vying for the District A seat, incumbent Laura Luke and challengers Martin Chazen and Bonnie Beckstein are vying for the District D seat, challengers Harry Butler, Duncan McArthur and Robert Noble are vying for the District E seat and challenger Rick Brainard and incumbent Bill Pitts are vying for the at-large seat.

Referred Measure A asks voters whether industrial and industrial-office zoning should be retained for roughly 13 acres along the Colorado River east of downtown. The property is owned by Brady Trucking.

Referred Measure B asks voters whether the city should be allowed to retain money that would otherwise be refunded to taxpayers under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and use it for a variety of local transportation projects.

Ballots are due by 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St., or Mesa County Central Services, 200 S. Spruce St. If you have a ballot, drop it off in person; you can’t send it through the mail and have it arrive in time.


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