Hit the polls Tuesday, address crowded ballot

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The general election is Tuesday, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Moffat County voting centers are:

  • Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, Craig;
  • Hamilton Town Hall, South Highway 13, Hamilton;
  • Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis, Maybell; and
  • Dinosaur Town Hall, 333 South Stegosaurus, Dinosaur.

Moffat County's only contested race, the bid for sheriff, includes three candidates: Republican Tim Jantz, winner of the August Republican primary election, Vic Alton, an Independent, and Don Kroese, an unaffiliated write-in candidate.

The race for the Moffat County commissioner District 3 seat has been pre-determined. Republican Tom Mathers sewed up the GOP nomination by winning the August primary, and there are no Democratic or write-in candidates.

There are several other uncontested county races with Republican incumbents.

Voters will also decide on whether to retain six judges. Court of Appeals judges Russell E. Carparelli, Janice B. Davidson, Alan M. Loeb, Jose D.L. Marquez, and Robert M. Russel, and Michael A. O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, are up for retention.

Moffat County voters will decide three local issues Tuesday. They are:

  • Craig Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters to approve a 1.5 mill-levy increase for the purchase of equipment vital to the department's operations.

• Colorado Northwestern Community College is asking voters to approve a three-mill tax extension that would account for about one-third of the Craig campus's $3.2 million budget.

• The Craig City Council is asking voters to approve proposed changes to the city's charter, which was last amended in 2003.

Statewide, voters will decide the next governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general, District 3 U.S. House of Representatives, District 57 Colorado House of Representatives, and University of Colorado regents.

Several state initiatives will also be decided -- namely school spending, term limits for judges, state minimum wage, same sex partnerships and possession of marijuana.

Two ballot proposals -- Amendment 39 and Referendum J -- seek to establish requirements for school district spending.

Voters may choose to vote for one, both, or neither of the proposals. Amendment 39 would require each school district to spend at least 65 percent of its operating budget on specific items.

Amendment 40 proposes limiting the number of terms that Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges may serve.

If Amendment 42 passes, it would raise the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.85 per hour, adjust the wage annually for inflation, and increase the minimum wage for tipped employees.

Amendment 43 would define marriage in Colorado as a union between one man and one woman only. Referendum I proposes creating a new legal partnership, providing same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain legal protections and responsibilities granted to married couples.

Amendment 44 would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 or older.

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