Unofficial final results of City of Grand Junction 2023 election

I voted stickers are seen at a polling place during the midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022,...
I voted stickers are seen at a polling place during the midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)(Morry Gash | AP)
Published: Apr. 5, 2023 at 8:16 AM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The final unofficial results are in. These numbers are based on the results from this morning. After the eight-day curing period has elapsed, the official results will be posted to the City’s Election page.

Cody Kennedy Graphic
Cody Kennedy Graphic(MGN / City of Grand Junction)

For City Council District A, Cody Kennedy wins with 10,146 votes. Jamie Porta and Sandra Weckerly have fewer than 5,000 votes combined.

He bested Jamie Porta and Sandra Weckerly, which finished with 3,564 and 3,522 votes respectively.

According to his campaign website, Kennedy served for seventeen years as a Grand Junction Police Officers. That includes time he spent as a detective working to solve financal crimes and homicides.

Kennedy’s campaign platform includes balancing fiscal responsibility with local tax dollars with the needs of the city’s citizens. He also says he wants to address the local affordable housing crisis and support the Grand Junction Police Department to ensure continuity of public safety. His campaign site also acknowledges the importance of “partnering with local governments and non-profits to provide an actionable plan to address homeless/houseless, vagrancy, mental health, and addition.”

Jason Nguyen graphic
Jason Nguyen graphic(MGN / City of Grand Junction)

Jason Nguyen won his race for City Council District B with 10,061 votes. Greg Haitz came in second place with 6,183 votes, and Michael Deuel in third with 894 votes.

According to his campaign site, Nguyen ran on the stage of affordability, strengthening the community, public safety, and preserving the spirit of Grand Junction.

Affordability, he says on his campaign site, is important to the economic strength of the city. Strengthening the community includes keeping our streets safe, our public spaces active, and our schools thriving. He says he will support investments that help this happen. He recognizes the need to invest in public safety and the importance of developing and embracing Grand Junction’s culture, recreation, and the growing food scene.

Anna Stout graphic
Anna Stout graphic(MGN / City of Grand Junction)

Anna Stout ran unopposed and had the support of 12,749 voters to remain in her seat as the City Council member for District C.

Stout has served as the city’s mayor and president of the City Council for the past year. That followed a year as Mayor pro tem in 2021-2022. She was first elected to the Grand Junction City Council in 2019.

Scott Beilfuss leads the race for City Council At Large with 8.621 votes. Diane Schwenke is close behind with 8,389 votes. Currently, the race is too close to call.

Referred Measure 1A, which asks the question whether city taxes should be increased to fund a new community center, passed with 10,954 yes votes and 7,177 no votes.

Referred Measure 1B, which would increase the lease term for property to Colorado Discover Ability, also passed with an overwhelming number of votes in its favor - with 13,892 yes votes and 3,930 no votes.