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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Risberg Wins DA Nod, Shiro Routed in Archuleta County
(2008-08-13)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The only contested race in LaPlata County Tuesday was the Democratic primary for District Attorney in the 6th Judicial District, covering La Plata, Archuleta and San Juan Counties.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports:

VICTOR: Durango Attorney and former San Juan County Judge Todd Risberg is the apparent Democrat nominee for the 6th District DA's job.
He handily won the nod yesterday, over current San Juan County New Mexico Deputy DA and Durango resident David Duncan.
In LaPlata County, Risberg beat Duncan, 64-percent to 36-percent, or 845 to 480 votes according to unofficial tallies.
Risberg also carried Archuleta County, 201-143 votes.
San Juan County voters gave Risberg a 36-4 win.
Again, those results are all unofficial.
If they stand up, Risberg goes will face current Deputy District Attorney in Pagosa Springs, Russell Wasley in November.
Wasley was unopposed in the Republican Primary Tuesday.
Risberg, who campaigned on a platform favoring, among other things, restorative justice says he's happy with the results and looking forward to the campaign.
RISBERG: IT'S GOOD TO SEE THAT VOTERS PAY MORE ATTENTION TO IDEAS THAN LAWN SIGNS AND THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE YET. MR. WASLEY, WE'LL SEE WHAT IDEAS HE HAS TO IMPROVE OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HERE. THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT NEED CHANGING. I THINK IT WILL BE A CIVIL CAMPAIGN.
Wasley says he too is looking forward to the next few months of campaign debate.
WASLEY: I LOOK FORWARD TO A FULL AND FAIR DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES. I HOPE THAT THIS IS A CAMPAIGN THAT IS BASED ON PHILOSOPHY AND NOT PERSONAL ISSUES OR NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING THAT RACE OCCUR UNTIL NOVEMBER.
Duncan could not be reached for comment.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.


HERE ARE RESULTS OF OTHER CONTESTED RACES IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO TUESDAY:

In two other contested races on ballots Tuesday, voters turned out one incumbent county commissioner and retained a second.

In Archuleta County, first term commissioner Robin Shiro was soundly defeated in her bid to seek a second term, losing in the Republican Primary. Shiro received 107 votes.
The apparent nominee for her seat, John Ransom, received 964 votes. A third candidate, Jean Crabtree tallied 367 votes.

In the Montezuma County Republican Primary, incumbent commissioner Larry Rule defeated challenger Danny Wilkin.

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Third District U.S. Congressman John Salazar was unopposed for the Democrat nomination for a third term Tuesday, but he was a big winner in LaPlata County.

He garnered the most votes of all candidates on the LaPlata County ballot, 1-thousand 181.
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