Hello. Election Day 2022 is officially over. The last Boulder County election results of the night dropped around 11:00 p.m., and we’re reporting them here. We’ll be in your inboxes early a.m. with our regular newsletter. We’ve published a first story on what we know so far.

Below is a rundown of where things stand race by race, on City of Boulder and Boulder County issues and races for seats at the state legislature. These are unofficial results, but in many cases the outcome is already clear. 99,281 ballots have been counted, out of 147,364 total mail and in-person ballots. In total, about 66% of the county’s active registered voters participated in this year’s election, down significantly from the 2018 midterms. Questions? Hit reply. We’ll eagerly respond.

Key takeaways: The City of Boulder ballot measure to move Boulder’s municipal elections to even years is poised to pass. While still too close to call, it appears the measure to repeal the CU South annexation agreement will fail. The measure to form a library district remains close.

City of Boulder measures

  • Ballot Measure 2F: Likely to fail, currently 46% of voters in favor (repeals CU South annexation)
  • Ballot Measure 2E: Likely to pass, currently 59% in favor (moves city’s elections from odd years to even years to coincide with state and federal elections, starting in 2026)
  • Ballot Measure 6C: Too close to call, currently 49% of voters in favor (creates a new library district across the City of Boulder and much of Boulder County)
  • Ballot Measure 2A: Likely to pass, currently 70% of voters in favor (creates a new tax on utility bills to pay for climate change resilience and mitigation projects)
  • Ballot Measure 5A: Likely to pass, currently 69% of voters in favor (allows BVSD to borrow up to $350 million to pay for “critical needs”)
  • Ballot Measure 2D: Likely to pass, currently 83% of voters in favor (prevents candidates running for mayor in 2023 from also running for city council)
  • Ballot Measure 2C: Likely to pass, currently 66% of voters in favor (helps cut the library out of city government in library district formation)
  • Ballot Measure 2B: Likely to pass, currently 68% of voters in favor (allows the City of Boulder to take on debt to implement climate-related programs)

Boulder County measures

  • County Measure 1A: Likely to pass, currently 73% of voters in favor (a wildfire mitigation sale tax)
  • County Measure 1B: Likely to pass, currently 69% of voters in favor (a tax to support emergency response programs, including volunteer organizations, such as the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group)
  • County Measure 1C: Likely to pass, currently 81% of voters in favor (extends a transportation tax aimed in part at supporting people who walk, bike or take the bus) 

State House races

  • House District 49: Democratic Rep. Judy Amabile is leading Republican challenger Katie Lehr, 82% to 17%.
  • House District 10: Boulder City Councilmember Junie Joseph, a Democrat, is leading Republican William DeOreo, 89% to 11%.
  • House District 11: Democratic Rep. Karen McCormick is leading Republican challenger Tara Menza, 72% to 28%.
  • House District 12: Democratic Rep. Tracey Bernett is leading Republican challenger Anya Kirvan, 79% to 21%. (Bernett faces felony charges for allegedly lying about her primary residence in Louisville in order to run for reelection in HD 12.)

State Senate races

Note: This year marks the first election since the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission redrew political maps across the state and broke up Boulder County’s state senate districts. The redrawn Senate District 15 includes almost all of Larimer County, rural Berthoud, Estes Park, Loveland, Red Feather Lakes, Wellington and much of rural Boulder County, including Lyons, Nederland and Ward. (Boulder County’s two state senators, Senate President Steve Fenberg of Boulder and Sonya Jaquez Lewis of unincorporated Boulder County, are up for reelection in 2024.)

  • Senate District 15: Democrat Janice Marchman from Loveland is leading incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Woodward from Loveland, 52% to 48%.

Boulder County races

  • Boulder County Commissioner District 3: Louisville Mayor Ashley Stolzmann is leading Libertarian candidate Bo Shaffer, 81% to 19%.
  • Boulder County Sheriff: Curtis Johnson, who faced no challengers, is the next Boulder County sheriff. He will replace Sheriff Joe Pelle, who was first elected in 2003. 

Boulder County 2022 election results: Even-year elections to pass, CU South annexation repeal poised to fail 

By John Herrick

As election night came to a close, here’s what we know about this year’s election and how it will impact residents.

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Stacy Feldman is the founder and publisher of Boulder Reporting Lab. She previously co-founded and was executive editor of Inside Climate News, a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit newsroom covering the climate emergency. She was a 2020-21 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she developed the concept for BRL. Email: stacy@boulderreportinglab.org.