MINERAL COUNTY — Just before 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, Mineral County Clerk Eryn Wintz released the 2021 coordinated election results for the county. Wintz procured 68.38% of the county’s total registered voter ballots receiving 597 out of the 873 registered voters.
The focus for this year’s election was on the Creede Board of Education which had three open seats and five candidates running. There were also two propositions, 119 and 120 with Amendment 78 none of which passed within the county though the final tallies were close with county voters.
Creede voters chose three candidates to fill the three open seats on the school board, including Greg Pearson who came in at 444 votes, Jennifer Castleberry with 327 votes and Brittni Shambaugh-Addison with 290 votes. Leslie Legget was next with 262 votes and Matthew Sliwkowski had 201 votes.
Proposition 119 asked Colorado voters to amend the Colorado Constitution and add a change to state statues that would allow an increase in marijuana sales tax for out of school education funding. By early morning on Nov. 3, it was clear state-wide that the measure was not going to pass. In Mineral County constituents voted 263 for and 326 against.
Proposition 120 asked voters in Colorado to decrease property tax by as much as $1 billion per year but voters opted to shoot down the measure during the election state-wide. Mineral County voted against Proposition 120 in a 266 for and 309 against vote.
Amendment 78 would have changed the power to appropriate funds from the Colorado State Treasurer to the Colorado State Legislature and was strongly opposed throughout the state. This Amendment needed at least 55% of the votes to pass and according to the data rolling in from across the state 56% voted against the amendment. Mineral County voted 278 for and 297 against.
The new school board members will be sworn in at the next regular meeting at the end of the month.