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Oldham wins in D.A. race

Grand County chose ADA over challenger Stewart by large margin

Melinda Dudley

Steamboat Springs – Final results from Grand County on Wednesday morning confirmed the victory of Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham in Tuesday’s District Attorney race.

Oldham, a Republican, edged Democratic candidate Tammy Stewart by 1,382 votes, taking 53 percent of votes across the three-county 14th Judicial District.

“It was a close race. I wish the very best for my opponent,” Stewart said Wednesday. “She obviously fought a very hard campaign and did very well.”

Oldham won decisive victories in Moffat and Grand counties, but Routt County voters broke strongly for Stewart, an ardent critic of current District Attorney Bonnie Roesink, who is retiring at the end of her term. Roesink, also a Republican, backed Oldham’s candidacy.

Platforms aside, each county in the 14th Judicial District followed its traditional partisan trend in the District Attorney race.

“People are going to vote according to party lines – that’s what this election showed us,” Stewart said Wednesday.

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“I kind of knew that Steamboat, or Routt County, would be one of the harder counties for me, because it does have a high Democratic demographic. I knew that going into it,” Oldham said.

Stewart, who lives in Steamboat Springs with her husband and children, also had the “hometown advantage” in Routt County, Oldham said.

Oldham, who lives in Grand Lake with her husband, took 61 percent of the vote in Grand County – a similar margin to Stewart’s 59 percent of Routt County votes.

Oldham prosecuted cases in Grand and Summit counties for seven years before being appointed assistant district attorney for the 14th Judicial District in May.

Stewart spent 12 years as a prosecutor in Colorado, including two years with the Routt County District Attorney’s Office. She left the Steamboat Springs office in 2006, citing dissatisfaction with the management as the cause.

Oldham will not officially take office until January, but will expand her management role in Routt and Moffat counties in the meantime.

Stewart indicated Wednesday she intends to continue working in Moffat County, and expand her private practice, which took a backseat while she was campaigning. Stewart also wished her opponent the best.

“Elizabeth has said that she’s heard some of the concerns the public has with the D.A.’s Office, and that she will make positive change, and I have no reason to disbelieve that,” Stewart said.