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Boulder County Commissioners District 2 race remains too close to call

Marta Loachamin retains slight lead over state Rep. Jonathan Singer


In a neck-and-neck competition during Tuesday’s primary election, a Realtor and former teacher inched ahead of her Democratic contender in the battle for candidacy in the Boulder County Commissioners’ District 2 race. With ballots expected to be counted throughout the night, the unofficial results left it too close to call by publication deadline.

Marta Loachamin, left, and state Rep. Jonathan Singer are vying for the Democratic nomination for the Boulder County Commissioner District 2 seat. (Courtesy photos)

Just after 12:55 a.m. Marta Loachamin had 50.66% of the votes, with challenger state Rep. Jonathan Singer at 49.34%, according to unofficial Boulder County election results. Loachamin was ahead by 806 votes, with 60,834 ballots counted.

The sole Republican contender James Crowder was running unopposed in that party’s primary and will automatically advance to the November election, where he will face Tuesday’s winner. The candidates are seeking to replace Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner, whose term expires in January.

Late Tuesday, Singer said he was proud of the work he put in to connect with voters through one-on-one phone calls.

“The early vote results brings home the fact that every vote counts,” Singer said.

Loachamin, who did not respond to requests for comment on the closeness of the race, said she ran for Boulder County Commissioner in the hopes of restoring trust between people and their local government. She said that desire was reflected in a data report she wrote for the state called “Resiliency for All,” which was completed in 2018.

“A number one piece we found in Boulder County residents was a lack of local trust in the government,” Loachamin said. “That was the biggest piece of how do we change that and transition that. That means a lot of times successful work can be done with folks from the community being in leadership positions so that it can be more accessible and more representative and that people feel like they can go into an office for help, resources or guidance.”

Boulder County Elections workers Rett Ertl, left, and Tom Wright work together on ballot reception on Tuesday at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Boulder. The pair’s work was part of the process of reporting election results in Tuesday’s primary. (Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

Singer, whose term representing Longmont and northern Boulder County in the state Legislature expires in 2021, said he ran because of the issues he wanted to address.

“I think the three big things I really believe in is that we need to make sure that Boulder County is a place where everyone can thrive and that means addressing our affordable housing crisis and our climate crisis and at the same time, finding new ways to engage parts of our population left behind far too long,” Singer said.

Before being elected as a state representative, Singer worked for the county in child protective services. That work influenced him to run for state representative and improve the lives of the families he saw in his work.

James Crowder, Boulder County Commissioner District 2 candidate.(Courtesy Photo)

For his part, Crowder, owner of Crowder Mortgage and a member of the Lyons’ audit committee, said his experience in executive and financial administration would serve Boulder County Commissioners well, if he is elected in November.

“I believe those are two key, if not required qualifications for the job as county commissioner. It’s an executive function, not a legislative function,” Crowder said. “I don’t know the complete background of my components, so I’m not trying to kick sand on them. The truth of the matter is they’re both winsome and I like them both.”

Mircalla Wozniak, spokeswoman with the Boulder County Clerk’s Office, said ballots were expected to be processed throughout the night, which she said is “very normal.” She added, though, that due to precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such as wearing masks and distancing between judges, ballot processing took a bit longer than usual. The next update online was expected at 2 a.m., according to Boulder County’s election website. Wozniak said ballot counting would continue through Wednesday and possibly into Thursday, if needed.

Boulder County Elections workers Valerie Walsh, left, and Patricia Feeser work to duplicate overseas ballots to a certified ballot on Tuesday at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Boulder. (Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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