Luke won’t pursue City Council recount
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.