Douglas County Republicans selected their next candidate for county commissioner in the form of freshman politician Roger Partridge.
Partridge won the District 2 race by 316 votes against former Castle Rock Mayor Randy Reed, on the strength of a campaign that took shape at the grassroots level.
“I wholeheartedly appreciate the victory. The focus throughout the campaign was to stick to the important issues that affect all of Douglas County on many levels,” Partridge said. “It was the people who are engaged and informed within the party and within the county. Certainly once people talked and understood I had the experience and the knowledge, it was the trust they put into me once they had the opportunity to speak with me.”
Reed’s name recognition in Castle Rock, the district the winning candidate would represent, dated back to the six years Reed spent on Castle Rock Town Council.
Reed was disappointed in the low voter turnout and hopes to continue to find opportunities to serve in Douglas County.
“I knew it would be a close race,” Reed said. “The community and the county are very important to me, and I would like to continue to be able to do whatever I can to maintain the quality of life we have here in Douglas County.”
The Douglas County elections office sent out about 116,000 ballots and received fewer than 30,000 ballots in the mail-in election, said Jack Arrowsmith, Douglas County clerk and recorder.
Partridge will face off in the general election against Democratic candidate Terry Krow, who ran unopposed in the primary election. The winner in the District 2 race will replace outgoing commissioner Steve Boand, who is term-limited.
Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella, District 3, ran unopposed on the GOP primary ballot. Douglas County Democrats do not yet have a District 3 candidate for November.
Republican Party primary election results
Douglas County commissioner – District 2
Roger Partridge – 9,953 votes
Randy A. Reed – 9,637