Two incumbents winning in close Montrose races

Two incumbent Montrose County commissioners appeared to pull out close wins Tuesday night.

In District 1, Republican Ronald Henderson had 8,423 votes, 53 percent, while his challenger, unaffiliated candidate Juli Messenger, secured 7,410 votes, or 47 percent of the vote.

This, as nearly 77 percent of precincts had reported, according to Montrose County Clerk Fran Long.

With the same percentage of precincts reporting, District 3 incumbent Republican David White had 8,326 votes, 52 percent of the vote, while Democratic candidate Kjersten Davis had 7,797 votes, or 48 percent.

Henderson and White secured much closer wins during Montrose County’s primary election in June.

In Nucla, voters passed an extension of the town’s 1 percent sales tax through December 2019, paying for emergency medical services for the town. There were 117 people voting yes, or 76 percent, while 36 people, 24 percent, were opposed. The sales tax was scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

In a separate ballot question, 2B, Nucla voters appeared to narrowly defeat a measure which would have ended publication of town bills and notices in favor of posting the information at town hall. There were 83 votes opposed, or 56 percent, while 65 supported it, or 44 percent.


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