9:50 p.m. — Challenger Brett Schroetlin defeated longtime Grand County sheriff Rod Johnson in the Grand County Republican Primary, 1,207 votes to Johnson’s 1,056 votes, according to final election results.
Schroetlin, a detective with the Winter Park-Fraser Police Department, ran on a platform of increasing employee morale and retention, and equal patrol coverage and visibility throughout the county.
Originally from Loveland, Colo., Schroetlin has been a state-certified Peace Officer since 2000.
Johnson, who has served in the capacity of Grand County Sheriff for longer than 20 years, ran on a platform of efficient management and common-sense law enforcement.
Schroetlin came out ahead when initial results were announced around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24. As the county continued to release results, Schroetlin maintained his lead until he was named victor in what was ultimately a very close race.
By the end of Tuesday evening, the county had 2,827 ballots cast, with 29 outstanding absentee votes and 53 outstanding provisional votes.
Election officials commented that turnout for this election was fairly low.
9:00 p.m. — In the Republican Primary for Grand County Sheriff, Brett Schroetlin continues to lead incumbent Rod Johnson with 1,112 votes to Johnson’s 975 votes. In the statewide Republican Primary for governor, the Denver Post has called the election for Bob Beauprez.
7: 30 p.m. — In one of two contested offices in the Republican Primary in Grand County, Brett Schroetlin leads in a fairly tight race for Grand County Sheriff, with 979 votes to incumbent Rod Johnson’s 859 votes, according to preliminary election results. At this time, 2,353 ballots have been counted out of 2,827 total ballots; final results are due to be released around 9 p.m..
“We’re extremely proud of where we’re at right now, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends and family and everybody here in Grand County,” said Schroetlin about the early vote count.
A phone call to Johnson for comment was not answered.
In the state contest for governor, Tom Tancredo led Grand County with 524 votes, while voters had cast 308 votes for Mike Kopp, 333 votes for Scott Gessler and 501 votes for Bob Beauprez.
County Commissioner District 3 candidate Kris Manguso, filling the seat of outgoing commissioner Gary Bumgarner, ran unchallenged. Incumbents County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene, County Treasurer Christina Whitmer, County Assessor Tom Weydert, County Surveyor Warren Ward and County Coroner Brenda Bock all ran unopposed for Grand County offices.
This story will be updated.