The final count is complete. The Montrose County Clerk and Recorder’s Office counted and verified all election ballots and certified the election. The final results were sent to the Secretary of State’s Office Monday afternoon.
The certification followed an election wrought with machine malfunctions, long lines at the polls and confusion among election workers.
In the final tally, new Montrose County Commissioner Gary Ellis received 7,208 votes and his opponent Bob Connor got 4,948. Rick Dunlap easily won the sheriff’s race with 8,135 votes, defeating Andrew Major (2,762 votes) and write-in candidate Robert Walraven (1,450). Tom Canfield was elected the next coroner with 8,615 votes. He defeated unaffiliated candidate Michael “Duke” Richardson, who received 3,223.
Both the city of Montrose and Montrose County’s TABOR ballot measures passed. The county’s ballot measure garnered 8,455 yes votes and 3,487 no votes. The city’s question received 3,490 yes votes and 1,674 no votes.
The town of Olathe’s measure to create a new town administrator narrowly passed. The measure gained 135 yes votes and 130 no votes.