A large cheer went up in the Las Animas County Clerk and Recorder Office as the result for Trinidad School District Ballot Issue 4B was confirmed to have passed, according to unofficial results, just after 9 p.m. on election night.
The school district’s funding measure passed by a margin of 1,856 to 1,204 (60.7 percent) as about 30 people milled in the upper floor of the Las Animas County Courthouse.
Like the school district’s measure, Trinidad Referendums 2A and 2B and Las Animas County Referendum 1A (see descriptions at right) all passed. The lone loser on the night was Trinidad Ambulance District Ballot Issue 6A, which was soundly defeated with 3,316 “no” votes and 1,155 “yes” votes (74.2 percent against).
Leading the candidates was incumbent Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico who secured another term as mayor over challenger Robert Scidmore.
Meanwhile, Aaron Williamson, Franklin Shew and Erin Ogletree all earned seats to the Trinidad City Council.
For Trinidad School District No. 1, Ed Romero, James Sanchez and Karen Montera were the leading vote getters for three open seats on the board of education.
In Las Animas County, the two state propositions, CC and DD, were both solidly defeated. Yet while, by press time, Prop CC could be unofficially declared defeated at the state level, Prop DD was still too close to call with only 35 of 64 counties reporting.
Prior to votes being posted at the Las Animas County Courthouse, there was some minor drama as Las Animas County Clerk and Recorder “Peach” Vigil announced that a single vote was missing. A Las Animas County Sheriff’s Deputy was called to search election judges, but the vote has yet to be accounted for.
Vigil said the office has a few days to locate the missing ballot before validating results.