Republicans retain hold on seats in Douglas County


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

County treasurer

Dave Gill (Republican): 60.6 percent

Angie Hicks (Democrat): 39.4 percent

County assessor

Lisa Frizell (Republican): 63.75 percent

Shenika Carter (Democrat): 36.25 percent

County coroner

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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