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Otero County November General Election information

Posted: 3:26 PM, Oct 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-23 14:24:08-04

OTERO COUNTY – The general election is coming up fast on November 6, 2018. Colorado voters will have a lengthy ballot in this year as we choose a new Governor, decide who will represent us locally, consider municipal and school district ballot measures, and make our choices on several constitutional and statutory ballot measures.

Local Clerk & Recorder offices will start mailing out ballots on Monday, October 15th. You have until October 29th to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail. If you miss that deadline, you can still submit an application at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to the day of the general election.

You may have already received the  Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)  which provides voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot.

Here’s what you’ll find on your ballot in Otero County.

Congressional District 4

  • Karen McCormick (Democratic)
  • Ken Buck (Republican)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Secretary of State

State Treasurer

Attorney General

Regent, University of Colorado At Large

  • Lesley Smith (Democratic)
  • Ken Montera (Republican)
  • Christopher E. Otwell (Unity)
  • James K. Treibert (Libertarian)

State Board of Education Member District 4

  • Tim Krug (Democratic)
  • Debora L. Scheffel(Republican)

State Representative District 47

  • Bri Buentello (Democratic)
  • Don Bendell (Republican)

Otero County Commissioner District 2

  • John Hostetler (Republican)
  • Cody Ridennoure (Democratic)

Otero County Clerk

  • Glenna Potts (Democratic)
  • Lynda “Lyn” Scott (Republican)

Otero County Treasurer

  • Dennis Smith (Republican)

Otero County Assessor

  • Ken Hood (Republican)

Otero County Sheriff

  • Shawn Mobley (Republican)

Otero County Surveyor

  • No candidates for this office

Otero County Coroner

  • Robert Fowler (Democratic)

County/Precinct Questions

Otero County Ballot Question 1A – Broadband Service Authorization

“Without increasing taxes, shall Otero County, Colorado, have the legal ability to provide any or all services currently restricted by Title 29, Article 27, Part 1, of the Colorado Revised Statutes, specifically described as “advanced services”, “telecommunication services”, and “cable television services”, as defined by the statute, including, but not limited to, any new and improved high bandwidth services based on future technologies, utilizing community owned infrastructure including, but not limited to, any existing fiber optic network, either directly or indirectly, with public or private sector service providers, to potential subscribers that may include telecommunications service providers, and residential or commercial users within Otero County?”

Manzanola School District Ballot Issue 5A

Shall Manzanola School District 3J debt be increased by $2,018,153, with a repayment cost of up to $3,500,000, and shall district taxes be increased by up to $165,000 annually by the issuance and payment of general obligation bonds to provide local matching money required for the district to receive approximately $30.747 Million in state grants (which are not required to be repaid) under the”BEST” program to finance the costs of providing capital assets for district purposes, which may include but are not limited to the following:
– remodeling the existing 1925 junior/senior high building and constructing an addition to house the elementary school students in order to create a consolidated k-12 school building;

and to the extent remaining funds are available for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, repairing and improving district capital assets, with such general obligation bonds to bear interest, mature, be subject to redemption, with or without premium of not more than three percent, and be issued at such time, at such price (at, above or below par) and in such manner and containing such terms, not inconsistent with this ballot issue, as the board of education may determine, and shall ad valorem property taxes be levied without limit as to the mill rate to generate an amount sufficient in each year to pay the principal of, premium if any, and interest on such debt and to fund any reserves for the payment thereof, provided that any revenue produced by such mill levy shall not exceed $165,000 annually?

Judicial District Questions

16th Judicial District Ballot Question 7A  (District Attorney Term Limit Extension to
Three Terms):

Shall the term limits imposed by State law and in Article XVIII, Section 11, of the Colorado Constitution on the office of District Attorney in and for the Sixteenth Judicial District, be modified so as to permit an elected officeholder in that office to seek and, if the voters of the 16th Judicial District choose to re-elect that person to a third term in office, to serve a third consecutive term?

16th Judicial District Ballot Question 7B   (Elimination of Term Limits on the Office of
District Attorney):

Shall the term limits imposed by State law and in Article XVIII, Section 11, of the Colorado Constitution on the office of District Attorney in and for the Sixteenth Judicial District, be eliminated so as to permit an elected officeholder in that office to seek and, if the voters of the 16th Judicial District choose to re-elect that person to any consecutive term?

Colorado Supreme Court Justice

  • Shall Justice Richard L. Gabriel of the Colorado Supreme Court be retained in office?

Colorado Court of Appeals Judge

  • Shall Judge John Daniel Dailey of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?
  • Shall Judge Rebecca Rankin Freyre of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?
  • Shall Judge Elizabeth L. Harris of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?
  • Shall Judge David J. Richman of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?

County Court Judge

  • Shall Judge Douglas R. Manley of the Otero County Court be retained in office?

Ballot Measures

Amendment V – Reduction in age for the general assembly

The amendment would change the minimum age to be elected to the Colorado General Assembly from 25-years-old to 21-years-old.

Amendment W – Change format of judicial retention elections

The amendment would change the language for judicial retention elections on the Colorado ballot to simplify the listing of judges on the ballot.

Amendment X – Change definition of industrial hemp

If passed, the amendment would redefine industrial hemp so it falls in line with existing federal law and Colorado statutes .  The intent of the sponsors is to allow lawmakers more flexibility in defining industrial hemp when federal law changes, rather than going back to the voters for a constitutional amendment.

Amendment Y – Congressional redistricting

Amendment Y will take the responsibility of redistricting away from lawmakers in Congressional districts and in the hands of a commission to draw district maps, thereby ending the practice of gerrymandering.

Amendment Z – State Senate and State House redistricting

Amendment Z will take the responsibility of redistricting away from lawmakers in the State Senate and State House and in the hands of a commission to draw district maps, thereby ending the practice of gerrymandering.

Amendment A – Prohibit slavery and indentured servitude

Amendment A seeks voter approval to remove a mention of slavery in the Colorado Constitution that allows slavery and indentured servitude to be used as a form of punishment for convicted criminals. While slavery and indentured servitude are already prohibited in the constitution, this measure would ensure it is prohibited in all circumstances.

Amendment 73 – School funding

If passed, Amendment 73 would amend the state constitution to raise income taxes on corporations, those earning more than $150,000 every year, and those earning more than $500,000 annually.

Amendment 74 – Just Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation

This initiative calls for property owners in Colorado to be compensated for any reduction in property values caused by state laws or regulations.

Amendment 75 – Campaign Finance Reform

If passed, Amendment 75 would change campaign finance rules in Colorado to allow candidates to raise more money from individual contributions if their opponent donates $1 million or more to their own campaign committee.

Proposition 109 – “Fix our Damn Roads”

If passed, Proposition 110 known as “Fix our Damn Roads” would call for the state to borrow $3.5 billion in bonds to fund the highest priority construction projects on CDOT’s list. The proposal also calls for state lawmakers to dedicate a minimum of 2 percent of general fund spending to repay debt from the project until it is paid in full.

Proposition 110 – Increase sales tax to fund transportation projects

If passed, Proposition 109 would increase Colorado’s sales and use tax from 2.9 percent to 3.52 percent for the next 20 years to fund transportation projects around the state.

Proposition 111 – Payday loan regulation

If passed, Proposition 111 calls for the state to cap the maximum interest rate that payday lenders can charge at 36 percent and would regulate the charging of fees from payday lenders.

Proposition 112 – Setback requirement for oil and gas development

If passed, the measure would mandate that all new oil and gas development locations be a minimum of 2,500 feet away from occupied buildings and “vulnerable areas”

Ballot Drop Off Locations and Polling Centers:

People can drop off ballots, register to vote, receive a replacement ballot and vote in-person along with other services at the Otero County Clerk’s Office located at:

13 W. 3rd Street, Room 210

La Junta, CO 81050

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it will stay open on Nov. 6 (Election Day) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additional polling centers will open on Election Day at the Fowler City Clerk’s Office and at the Rocky Ford City Clerk’s Office, which can be found below on the interactive map.