The race for Jefferson County Commissioner for District 2 came down to the wire the morning after the Nov. 6 election with appointed incumbent John …
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The race for Jefferson County Commissioner for District 2 came down to the wire the morning after the Nov. 6 election with appointed incumbent John Odom narrowly leading challenger Casey Tighe by 131,940 to 131,807.
If the vote total stands after all overseas and outstanding ballots are counted, a recount would be required because the difference is less than one-half of one percent of the highest vote-getter.
The Republican Odom was appointed to the Board of County Commissioners in March 2011 after former District 2 Commissioner Kevin McCasky stepped down amidst ethics complaints.
A former audit director for CDOT, and chair of the Jefferson County Audit Committee, Tighe said he was thankful for the assistance and support he received in his first run for public office, and said the experience was a good one, although he said he was not quite ready to commit to running again if he loses.
“I’m still hoping to win this election. And if I win I hope I live up to their expectations,” Tighe said.
Odom, who could not be reached before press time, is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and holds a master’s degree in international trade.
He helped introduce Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney earlier this year, during a campaign stop at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Fellow Jeffco Commissioner Faye Griffin was unopposed and won re-election for District 1. Also unopposed was District Attorney Candidate Pete Weir.
He steps into the office vacated by Jeffco DA Scott Storey, who was term limited.
Both Republican candidates said they felt appreciative for getting to run unopposed.
“I will keep the future of Jefferson County in mind with every vote, and I’ll continue to do the best I can,” Griffin said.
Weir, who had worked in the department for several years, said his new position was more of a passing of the baton, than regime change.
“It’s going to be an honor serving the citizens of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties, but also a great responsibility.”
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