Leerar wins Republican primary for District 3

Incumbent Mike Leerar held off two challengers in Tuesday’s primary election among Republican candidates for Yuma County Commissioner, District 3.

The commissioner race was the only contested one on a local level in the primary.

The unofficial results show that Leerar garnered 44 percent of the vote in the three-man race. He had 891 votes compared to 768 for Clint Monk and 379 for Jessie Vance. Leerar was appointed to the District 3 seat by the Yuma County Republicans in the summer of 2022 following the resignation of long-time commissioner Robin Wiley due to family reasons.

Incumbent Scott Weaver ran unopposed for the Commissioner District 2 seat. Democrats did not have a candidate for either commissioner seat.

The polarizing Lauren Boebert won the Republican primary for the Fourth Congressional District seat after moving east from the Third District. However, she came in third in Yuma County as Logan County’s Jerry Sonnenberg received 34 percent of the vote, followed by Washington County’s Richard Holtorf with 31 percent, and then Boebert with 29 percent.

However, Boebert easily carried the vast Fourth District, with Sonnenberg a distant second, and Holtorf even further behind.

As for the Democrats, Ike McCorkle easily carried Yuma County for that party’s Fourth Congressional District nominee. However, he was losing to Trisha Calvarese districtwide, with John Padora, Jr. a distant third.

There also was a vacancy election for the Fourth Congressional District following Ken Buck’s resignation earlier this year. Republican Greg Lopez easily carried Yuma County in that race, as well as throughout the district.

There was a Republican race for State Representative District 63. Dusty Johnson easily carried Yuma County over Brian Urdiales, 1,098 votes to 381, getting 74 percent of the vote. She also won handily throughout District 63.

As for District Attorney, 13th Judicial District, Republican incumbent Travis Sides ran unopposed, and the Democrats do not have a candidate.