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Rice wins in Cortez; Raney and McClellan win in Dolores

Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell and staffer Echo LoBue bring in ballots to be counted Tuesday evening. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)
Voters approve Mancos Fire Protection District mill levy increase, and mill levy adjustment measure

On Election Day, voters chose school board members for Cortez and Dolores districts, and approved two tax measures for the Mancos Fire Protection District. Results are unofficial until certfied later this month.

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Turnout in Montezuma County hits 36.5% as voters weigh in on school, state questions

In the only contested board seat for Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 school district, Ed Rice won District E seat over incumbent Tammy Hooten by a margin of 63% to 37%

Rice won 2,222 votes, compared with Hooten’s 1,302 votes.

Ed Rice, a former agricultural education teacher at Montezuma-Cortez High School, was elected to the Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 school board. (Journal file)
Lori Raney, a local psychiatrist, was elected to the Dolores RE-4A school board during Tuesday's election. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)
Casey McClellan, shown in this file photo with his son, Kolby, was re-elected to the Dolores school board Tuesday. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)

Candidates who went unopposed were also elected, including Cody Wells for District A (2,529 votes), Jeanette G. Hart for District B (2,403 votes), Stacy Hall for District D (204 votes), Sheri Noyes for District F (2,532 votes), and Layne Frazier for District G (2,499 votes).

In the Dolores RE-4A district board election, newcomer Lori Raney and incumbent Casey McClellan were elected to the two open seats on the board. The two had the highest and second-highest number of votes, with Raney attracting 724 votes, and McClellan earning 714 votes.

The unsuccessful candidates were Heather Barritt with 675 votes and Jerry Whited with 670 votes.

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Meet the Montezuma-Cortez School Board candidates
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Dolores candidates discuss their views at two separate forums
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Local and statewide issues on Nov. 2 ballot

Voters in the Mancos Fire Protection District approved two ballot questions.

Question 6A to increase the property tax by 6 mills passed 65% to 35%, with 792 voting yes and 436 voting no.

Question 6B to allow the fire district to adjust the mill levy to keep revenues at a set amount passed 55% to 45% with 677 voting yes and 546 voting no.

There were three statewide ballot questions, and they all failed.

Amendment 78, relating to legislative authority for spending state money, went down 44% to 56%. Proposition 119 relates education funding using marijuana funding did not pass by a margin of 46% to 54%. Proposition 120 relates to a property tax assessment rate reduction failed by a margin of 43% to 57%.

Montezuma County voted down the measures as well. The county voted against Amendment 78 by a 60% to 40% margin, against Proposition 119 by a 60% to 40% margin, and against Proposition 120 by a 64% to 36% margin.