Single vote separates commissioner candidates in Elbert County GOP primary

Recount will need to be completed by end of the month


The power of one vote is on display in the Republican primary for Elbert County District 2 commissioner.

That's what separates the two candidates, one of whom will emerge the winner after a recount.

Rick Pettitt: 2,994 votes.

Anthony Hartsook: 2,993 votes.

The latest results were released July 6 by the county clerk and recorder's office. Earlier figures from the June 26 primary had Pettitt leading by eight votes. But after 175 more ballots were counted, the gap narrowed to a single vote.

A recount must be completed by July 31, but the clerk's office anticipates it being done sooner than that, according to a news release.

Pettitt, a Kiowa resident, currently serves as the county treasurer and is the former mayor of Kiowa. Hartsook, who lives in unincorporated Elbert County, is the director of business development for Aspen Communications. Both men are military veterans.

The candidate who wins on the GOP side will be uncontested in the November general election, as there were no Democratic candidates in the primary. The winner will replace Danny Willcox, who has opted not to seek re-election.


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