As Democrats were picking up seats in other parts of the metro area in the Nov. 6 election, Republicans swept the races for state Legislature and county offices in Douglas County.
While most of the candidates elected were incumbents, there will be new faces in a pair of positions: state House District 39 and District 1 county commissioner.
In the HD 39 race, Mark Baisley garnered about 61 percent of the vote in his race against Democrat Kamala Vanderkolk and Libertarian Tony Gross. Baisley, a Roxborough Park resident, is an aerospace engineer who has served on numerous boards and committees.
"I will look for any opportunity to reduce government’s footprint in our lives," Baisley said after the election. "I realize that this will be a much greater challenge with the majority of Coloradans having just voted for the state to manage their behavior. But hopefully, the ever-present view of the Rockies will remind new residents that what makes Colorado unique is its rugged individualism."
Baisley will replace Republican Polly Lawrence, who opted instead to run for state treasurer but lost in the GOP primary.
In the race for county commissioner, Abe Laydon took about 61 percent of the vote against Democrat Mary Lynch. Laydon, a lawyer from Lone Tree, made the general election ballot after defeating Diane Holbert in the GOP primary.
“I am incredibly humbled and grateful for the honor you have bestowed on me,” Laydon said. “I ran an honest, positive campaign focused on my qualifications and my vision for the future of Douglas County, and I am proud that voters responded to that.”
The following are unofficial results posted the afternoon of Nov. 8:
State Senate District 30
Chris Holbert (Republican): 53.1 percent
Julia Varnell-Sarjeant (Democrat): 41.2 percent
Steve Peterson (Independent): 5.6 percent
State House District 39
Mark Baisley (Republican): 61.4 percent
Kamala Vanderkolk (Democrat): 36.1 percent
Tony Gross (Libertarian): 2.6 percent
State House District 43
Kevin Van Winkle (Republican): 53.7 percent
Barrett Rothe (Democrat): 44.3 percent
Scott Wagner (Unity): 2 percent
State House District 44
Kim Ransom (Republican): 58.3 percent
Simone Aiken (Democrat): 41.7 percent
State House District 45
Patrick Neville (Republican): 62.5 percent
Danielle Kombo (Democrat): 37.5 percent
County commissioner, District 1
Abe Laydon (Republican): 60.7 percent
Mary Lynch (Democrat): 39.3 percent
County clerk and recorder
Merlin Klotz (Republican): 60.4 percent
Carol Johnson (Democrat): 39.6 percent
Dave Gill (Republican): 60.6 percent
Angie Hicks (Democrat): 39.4 percent
Lisa Frizell (Republican): 63.75 percent
Shenika Carter (Democrat): 36.25 percent
Jill Romann (Republican): 63.7 percent
Sydney Ludwick (Democrat): 36.3 percent
Tony Spurlock (Republican, unopposed): 100 percent
Robert Snodgrass (Republican, unopposed): 100 percent
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