AURORA | The Democratic primary for House District 41 was too close to call on Wednesday, as 51 votes separated the two candidates.
As of Wednesday morning, Jovan Melton was leading the race with 2,275 votes in Arapahoe County, or 50.45 percent. His opponent, Terry Todd, garnered 2,226 votes. A few votes from Denver County, 3-1 favored Melton as well.
Todd is a retired physical education teacher and the husband of state Rep. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, who is running for a state Senate seat.
Melton is the founder of Aurora-based Emerson Consulting & Strategies and worked on the campaign for state Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, in 2010. His company provides consulting services to medical device companies.
Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty said the difference between the votes didn’t meet the threshold for a mandatory recount. She said there were still more votes to be counted. “We have signature discrepancies and we have to allow for the ballots from overseas to come in,” Doty said.
Todd said he won’t be conceding anytime soon.
“We are still waiting to see, because there’s still some ballots out that need to be counted. We don’t believe the election is over yet until all the ballots are counted,” he said.
Melton could not be reached for comment.
Doty said the results would be made official July 9.
State Senate 28
In the State Senate 28 Republican primary, John Lyons won the nomination by a significant majority against his opponent, Art Carlson. Lyons garnered 3,110 votes in Arapahoe County, or 63 percent, while Carlson gained 1,860 votes, or 37 percent.
Lyons is a former diesel technician who is now attending the Community College of Aurora to obtain his teaching license. Carlson works for Rocky Mountain Orthodontics and is the vice chairman of the Aurora Open Space Advisory Board.
Lyons said Tuesday night that he was excited about the win. He said the win was largely due to his positive campaign efforts.
“It was a lot of hard work, I went out and knocked on 3,000 doors and met a lot of fine people and kept it positive,” he said.
He congratulated Carlson on his campaign. Carlson could not be reached for comment.
House District 39
In the House District 39 Republican primary, Polly Lawrence won the nomination against LuAnn Busse by about 400 votes. Lawrence received 2,258 votes in Douglas County, and Busse garnered 1,834.
Lawrence is an officer and board member of Lawrence Construction.
Busse worked in the medical implant and device industry and started a small business.
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