BRIGHTON — The Brighton City Hall pedigree turned out to be a popular one with primary voters on both sides of the aisle in the June 24 election for the newly created District 5 county commissioner seat.
On the Democratic side, former Brighton city councilwoman Wilma Rose handily defeated Mary Ellen Pollack for the nomination, securing 9,043 votes (57.73 percent) in final unofficial vote totals compared to Pollack’s 6,620 (42.27 percent).
Rose said primary elections are always difficult and that she is excited that “initial piece” ended up in her favor. She said the primary race also allowed her to get out there and talk to the people in Adams County.
“It’s going to be a lot of hard work,” Rose said in regards to her plans between now and the November election, “but I look forward to talking to people throughout Adams County about their concerns and what their ideas and interests are s far as what they see for the future of Adams County.”
Rose wanted to thank all of the great people who helped her win the primary by knocking on doors and making calls for her.
In the GOP primary, former Brighton mayor and retired teacher Jan Pawlowski appeared to have narrowly edged retired engineer Neal Mancuso for the Republican nomination.
According to final unofficial results from Adams County, Pawlowski received 8,218 votes (50.16 percent) compared to Mancuso’s 8,164 (49.84 percent). The slim margin between the candidates could trigger an automatic recount if the final margin of victory is less than one half of 1 percent, according to Colorado statute.
Pawlowski was reluctant to tout her win, pending the final results of the election.
“The waiting part is the worst part like this, but I’m excited to, hopefully, go to the next level,” she said.
Pawlowski will be spending her time between now and November getting a group together so she can be represented throughout Adams County, something she wasn’t able to do prior to the primary election. She’s said she’s so proud of Adams County and would like to bring a more-balanced approach for the District 5 seat. She also said she would ensure “the county seat will be mentioned a lot.”
By law, military and overseas ballots can be received as late as July 2, and the county clerk has until July 7 to complete verification and counting of provisional ballots. July 14 is the last day for the Secretary of State to compile returns and order primary recounts. Following a recount, certification of nominations with the Secretary of State for the general election must be completed by Sept. 5.