Zordel is New Prowers County Sheriff

Sam Zordel

Sam Zordel

The mid-term elections for 2014 are over. While some states across the country are still compiling ballots, in southeast Colorado, the unofficial results are in.

The position of Prowers County Sheriff was the only election contest and Republican Sam Zordel defeated the unaffiliated challenger, Ron Manly 2,235 to 1,640 votes. Both men are employees of the Sheriff’s Department. Zordel was recently promoted to Undersheriff by James Faull to replace Ron Trowbridge who was hired as the director of the newly created Child Abuse Hot Line Department in the County. Manly is a Senior Deputy with the Department. James Faull announced early in the year that he would not seek re-election.

Although there was no election for Prowers County Commissioner, Ron Cook will replace Joe Marble as the District Two representative. Cook defeated Marble in the local Republican Party caucus this past spring and Cook will assume the seat in early January. The City of Lamar will seek a replacement for Cook who has been serving as a city councilman.

Several county elected officials ran unopposed through this election cycle, and as such, Jana Coen will remain as Prowers County Clerk and Recorder, Andy Wyatt continues as County Assessor and Lorraine Woolley will hold her office as County Treasurer. Tim Dore, State Representative for District 64 faced no opposition on the county ballot.  Judge Larry Stutler will retain his position with local votes in favor at 3,093 to 664 opposed.

The amendment votes in Prowers County went this way:  amendment 67 was defeated 2,091 to 1,791; Amendment 68 was defeated 2,482 to 1,506; Proposition 104 passed 2,388 to 1,484 and Proposition 105 on food labeling was defeated 3,371 to 590.

National attention has focused on Colorado along with other states as the 2014 elections may determine a shift in power in Congress with candidates vying for their seats along with an opportunity to hold on to, or become the majority party in Washington, DC.

The unofficial tally in Prowers County for the gubernatorial election for Colorado went to Bob Beauprez who defeated Incumbent Governor John Hickenlooper by a vote of 2,718 to 1,050.  However, state wide balloting has gone in favor of Hickenlooper retaining his seat as governor.

A similar political power shift was noted from local balloting for U.S. Senate as challenger Cory Gardner defeated Mark Udall 2,864 to 885 in what was the most expensive election in the state. Betsy Markey, Democrat, the former U.S. Congressional District 4 Representative who was unseated by Cory Gardner, ran for State Treasurer in a three-way race, and in Prowers County finished second with the voting running 2,453 for Stapleton to 1,246 for Markey.  Secretary of State went to Wayne Williams with 2,516 votes to challenger Joe Neguse with 1,010 votes.  Ken Buck handily defeated Vic Meyers for U.S. Congressional District 4, Gardner’s old seat by a vote of 2,876 to 860.  Cynthia Coffman defeated Don Quick for Attorney General with local voting from Prowers County at 2,778 to 884.  Essentially the night proved to be a Republican sweep for Colorado with other close races noted across the country.

Thank you to the Prowers County Clerk & Recorder, Jana Coen and her staff as well as election officials and judges for the timely information and their work through the course of the election year.

By Russ Baldwin







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