The mayoral candidate in Castle Rock who had trailed one of his opponents by less than a percentage point since Nov. 6 has now edged to a lead in the race and has been declared the victor by the Town …
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The mayoral candidate in Castle Rock who had trailed one of his opponents by less than a percentage point since Nov. 6 has now edged to a lead in the race and has been declared the victor by the Town of Castle Rock.
Mayor-elect Jason Gray led Randy Reed by 57 votes as of Nov. 15, when Douglas County posted the final count of unofficial election results. More than 27,000 people voted in the election, which named Castle Rock's first at-large mayor in approximately 30 years.
Official results won't be available until they are certified on Nov. 26, but the count as it stands will not trigger an automatic recount, according to a Douglas County spokeswoman.
By state law, a recount is called if the difference between the highest number of votes cast and the next highest number of votes cast is less than or equal to one-half of one percent of the highest vote cast.
“I'm happy and excited to serve Castle Rock. I really am,” Gray said Nov. 16. “I felt it was a really good race and I'm glad I have a good relationship with Randy and Charles and of course I'm glad at how it turned out.”
Charles Fletcher, the third man to run for mayor, took home 18.5 percent of votes. He said Nov. 6 he was happy with the campaign he ran and planned to stay involved in the community.
Reed said he conceded to Gray the morning of Nov. 16 and wishes him “the very best.”
“I offered to him that if I can help or assist him in any way, feel free to call on me,” he said. “I think it was a very good, positive race. I'm very excited and encouraged that as many people voted as they did.”
The county posted multiple updates to the vote count and results between Nov. 6 and Nov. 9 as they attempted to process tens of thousands of ballots that were cast the day before and the day of the midterm.
The election marked Douglas County's largest voter turnout in a midterm to date. More than 179,500 ballots were voted countywide.
With each update, Gray inched closer and closer to pulling ahead of Reed, who had maintained a narrow lead until Nov. 15 when Gray secured the win.
On Election Night, neither Gray nor Reed was surprised by the narrowness of the race. Both said they expected it to be close. Reed said he would wait and watch to see if results remained in his favor, a they did in those early returns, while Gray said he was hopeful they would sway the opposite way.
“It was nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. It was fun,” Gray said Nov. 16 in reflecting on the days that followed the first batch of results.
As he transitions into the role of mayor, Gray said he hopes the town will see the at-large mayor system as a step in the right direction.
“I'd like to see the town kind of unite,” he said, “and just more forward in a positive direction.”
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