The 2018 election season is nearly here as the ballots will be mailed to registered voters next week.

Though a mid-term election, there are some interesting local issues to watch.

Wray School District RD-2 has been awarded a BEST Grant for a major construction project, moving Buchanan Middle School to the Wray High School/Wray Elementary School campus. Now it is up to the district’s voters to approve the BEST general obligation bond. Ballot Issue 4F asks the voters to approve RD-2 increasing its debt by $15.524 million, with a repayment of up to $26 million, with district taxes to be increased by up to $1.3 million annually. The issue of the general obligation bond would be the local matching money required for the district to receive the $18.974 million BEST Grant.

(Yuma-1 will be looking at a similar ballot question next November if successful in its bid for a BEST Grant for the proposed expansion and remodeling at the Yuma High School campus.)

Each county in the 13th Judicial District has a ballot question asking voters to change the term limit for the District Attorney from the current two terms to three terms. It would be for any DA in the future, but also would allow current DA Brittny Lewton to run for a third term. The DA’s Office asked the counties to approve running the ballot question, with Lewton stating it takes a DA into their second term to get a full grasp of the job.

Speaking of the 13th Judicial District, three district court judges are up for retention: Charles M. Hobbs, Carl S. McGuire III, and Michael Keith Singer.

There are several Yuma County elected positions up for election, but all are unopposed: Trent Bushner for County Commissioner District 1, Beverly A. Wenger for County Clerk and Recorder, Dee Ann Stults for County Treasurer, Cindy Taylor for County Assessor, Todd Combs for County Sheriff, and Daniel Lee Baucke for County Coroner.

At the regional level, Yuma’s own Bethleen McCall is the Democrat candidate for State Representative District 65, and Rod Pelton is the Republican candidate. Republican Jerry Sonnenberg is running for another term for State Senator District 1, with Debra Gustafson the Democrat challenger.

Leading the way at the state level is the race for governor. There are four governor/lieutenant governor teams running for election, led by Democrats Jared Polis and Dianna Primavera and Republicans Walker Stapleton and Lang Sias. The Unity and Libertarian parties also have gubernatorial candidates.

There also are races for Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and Attorney General.

The Yuma area’s representative in the U.S. House also is up for election as incumbent Republican Ken Buck is running for another term in the Fourth Congressional District, challenged by Democrat Karen McCormick.

There are several proposed amendments to the Colorado Constitution, as well as statutory propositions. All of them will be printed in their entirety in next week’s Pioneer.

Sample ballots for all Yuma County precincts can be found online at yumacounty.net/clerk-and-recorder/elections/.

Following are some important election dates to keep in mind, courtesy of the Yuma County Clerk and Recorder:

October 15 – 29, 2018: Ballots will be mailed to all active eligible electors.

October 15, 2018 Monday: Last day to submit an application to register to vote through a voter registration drive. (no later than 22 days before the election)

October 29, 2018, Monday: Last day to submit an application to register to vote through the mail, a voter registration agency, a local driver’s license examination facility, or online to receive a ballot in the mail for the General Election. (through the 8th day prior to the election)

October 29, 2018, Monday: Last day to file an absentee ballot application to receive the absentee ballot by mail if you are absent from your home address.

October 22, 2018, Monday – November 6, 2018, Tuesday: Voters can register to vote, obtain a replacement ballot or drop off their mail in ballots in person at the Election Center, 130 E 3rd St., Wray, CO 80758.

The Election Center will be open on Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for ballot drop off, replacement ballots.

The Yuma MV Branch office will be open on Saturday, October 27 and Saturday November 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for dropping off you mail ballot.