Luke won’t pursue City Council recount

LAURA LUKE: Loss by 0.54 percent

Grand Junction City Councilor Laura Luke has decided she doesn’t want to pay for a recount of votes tallied in the April 2 municipal election.

Luke, appointed to the council two years ago, lost the chance to serve a four-year City Council term by a little more than a 0.5 percent margin to challenger Marty Chazen.

A mandatory recount would have occurred if the results were within 0.5 percent. Luke had seven days after the election to request and pay for a recount of the votes, a process that would have cost her about $500. Luke earned 39.082 percent of the votes, while Chazen earned 39.622 percent of the votes.

Luke said by phone Wednesday that she had already spent enough, about $5,000, on her campaign.

“I know Catherine Lenhart,” Luke said of Mesa County’s elections director. “If there was a mistake, they would have found it by now. I don’t have to pay for it.”

However, Luke said, if a position becomes vacant on the City Council, she will apply for an appointment.

Luke was appointed to the council in 2011 after former Councilor Bonnie Beckstein resigned from the District D position.

Councilor-elect Rick Brainard, who was arrested on misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and harassment in a domestic violence incident last week, said Tuesday he will not resign his post.

City Attorney John Shaver said current councils are responsible for appointing members to the board when a vacancy occurs.


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