CANYON CITY – In an unusual twist, County Commissioner Boyd Britton has won both the Republican and the Democratic nominations for re-election to his post.
Britton, the incumbent and a Republican, won the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary. He had 733 votes to 417 for Sam Palmer and 328 for Gary Delaney, who also had filed to run on the Republican ticket.
No one filed to be on the Democratic primary ballot, but voters were able to write in names.
Britton gained 64 write-in votes from Democrats. Delaney had 36, and Palmer, 35. Several others had one or two votes.
County Clerk Brenda Percy said the process calls for her to offer the Democratic nomination to the top write-in candidate.
Britton said Friday he intends to accept the nomination, calling it “very humbling” to have support from both sides in the balloting.
Percy said Britton’s name still will appear just once on the November general election ballot, but will have the designation of both parties after his name.
Aside from the party surprise, Britton was pleased with the way the candidates waged their campaigns.
“It was a good race,” he said. “We got to talk about some substantive issues, and everybody was respectful of each other’s ideas.”
He said the win reinvigorates his drive to accomplish things in Grant County.
He ran for re-election because he hopes to continue working on forest restoration, jobs, grazing and other issues important to county residents. He said while there are still a lot of challenges, he also sees positive signs in the forest industry and the work on the national forest.
“We have an opportunity to see Grant County set an example for the rest of the West,” he said.