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Grantham re-elected to state Senate

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Empire voters approve pot transaction fee

By Ian Neligh

Here's a roundup of local candidates and issues in Tuesday's election.

Senate District 2

State Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, won his second term by defeating Bailey resident and Green Party candidate Martin Wirth with 75 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

Clear Creek County was added to Grantham’s district in 2011, joining El Paso, Park, Teller and Fremont counties as part of the newly reformed District 2.

"Even though I've been representing (Clear Creek County) for the last two years, it is good for me to know that I'm on the other side of this election now," Grantham said. "Having been elected by the district — it is a little bit of a different feel."

Grantham said that when he was initially assigned the district he made sure to thoroughly represent it.

"But there's a little bit of a different psyche that goes into it after you've gone through the election — now I belong to them," Grantham said.

Grantham is from southeastern Colorado. He graduated in 1992 from Liberty College in Virginia, and his biography says he has worked as everything from a hog farmer to a newspaper sports reporter to a real estate broker and appraiser.
From 2007 to 2010, he served on Cañon City’s City Council before running for state Senate.

Sheriff

Democrat Rick Albers was uncontested in his bid to become Clear Creek's sheriff.

Albers will take over Jan. 1 from longtime Clear Creek Sheriff Don Krueger, who did not run for a sixth term. Local Republicans didn’t nominate a candidate.

County commissioner

Democratic County Commissioner Tim Mauck ran unopposed for the District 1 seat for a second term. Mauck won his first election in 2010. Local Republicans didn’t nominate a candidate to oppose him in this election.

County officials

Other longtime county officials running unopposed included Republican county Assessor Diane Settle, Republican Coroner Don Allan, Republican County Clerk Pamela Phipps, Democratic county surveyor Greg Markle, and Democratic county Treasurer Irene Kincade.

Empire fee

Voters in the town of Empire approved a fee on marijuana wholesale transactions in the town. Of the 105 total votes, 70 favored the fee.

The town will now make $5 on every transaction that Serene Wellness, the town's only marijuana shop, makes with another pot dispensary. Serene Wellness also grows marijuana and sells it to other businesses.

The town figures it will receive about $1,000 a year in revenue.
Mayor Wendy Koch previously told the Courant that the town has not identified a specific fund or priority for the money.
“If they’re growing here and selling it to someone else wholesale, we get no revenue,” Koch said. “So, basically, we were trying to address the use of our resources.”

The town’s trustees unanimously voted to put the question on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Town Clerk Jennifer Cade said voter turnout was among the highest in recent years.

Clear Creek County has nearly 7,500 registered voters. Unaffiliated voters make up about 40 percent of voters, with 2,961. There are 2,248 registered Democrats in the county and 2,180 registered Republicans, according to the latest information from the Clear Creek clerk and recorder’s office.