Douglas County races: Spurlock, Weaver, Romann claim victory

GOP nominees advance in races for sheriff, commissioner and coroner

Staff report
Posted 6/23/14

Three elected offices featured contested races at the Republican primary level in Douglas County. The lone Democrat seeking a county office - surveyor candidate William Buntrock - did not have primary opposition June 24.

Undersheriff Tony Spurlock will be the Republican nominee …

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Douglas County races: Spurlock, Weaver, Romann claim victory

GOP nominees advance in races for sheriff, commissioner and coroner

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Three elected offices featured contested races at the Republican primary level in Douglas County. The lone Democrat seeking a county office - surveyor candidate William Buntrock - did not have primary opposition June 24.

With all votes counted, the following are results reported by the county in the contested GOP races:

Douglas County sheriff

Undersheriff Tony Spurlock will be the Republican nominee for Douglas County sheriff after defeating write-in candidate John Anderson with an overwhelming majority of the vote.

Spurlock, who garnered 85 percent of the vote, is a Colorado native and 17-year resident of Douglas County. He began his career at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 1980. Spurlock has served as undersheriff for the last eight years, leading a staff of more than 460 and overseeing all areas of operations and administration on behalf of current Sheriff David Weaver, who is seeking to become a county commissioner.

Prior to his appointment as undersheriff, Spurlock commanded all major areas of the sheriff's office, including the investigation, detention and patrol divisions. Spurlock has also served as Douglas County's SWAT commander and as leader of the 18th Judicial District's Critical Response Team.

Anderson, a commander with the Castle Rock Police Department, has been a police officer for more than 36 years. Anderson also ran for the sheriff's office in 2006 against Weaver, whose second term expires later this year.

Spurlock will face Libertarian Brock McCoy in the November general election. No Democrat is seeking the office.

Douglas County commissioner

Sheriff David Weaver handily won the Republican nomination for Douglas County Commissioner, District 1. Weaver defeated entrepreneur Stevan Strain 68 percent to 32 percent. Weaver is vying to replace Jack Hilbert, who was term-limited, in the November general election.

Weaver has served as Douglas County sheriff since 2005 and says he comes with "in-depth knowledge" of issues within the county. During his campaign, he promised to be an "experienced, effective, honest and professional leader."

Both Weaver and Strain live in Parker.

Strain has served on various local boards, including the Douglas County Libraries Board of Trustees, the Douglas County Planning Commission and the Douglas County Open Space Advisory Committee.

Weaver faces no opposition in the general election. He may not have to wait until November to take his seat, however, as he could soon be appointed to replace Hilbert, who decided to leave the post early for a job with the state.

Douglas County coroner

In the closest of the three races, Jill Romann defeated Tracey Montano 56 percent to 44 percent.

Romann is the Douglas County chief deputy coroner and a medico-legal death investigator. Her 23-year career includes working in urban and rural regional medical examiner's offices in Minnesota and Colorado. She has worked with more than 45 law enforcement agencies in all areas of the coroner's office.

On the website douglascountycoroner.com, Romann writes, "I chose the Douglas County Coroner's Office over other offers of employment, after interviewing with Lora Thomas and her staff of physicians and investigators."

Thomas, elected coroner in 2010, decided against seeking re-election, instead making a run as a Republican candidate for sheriff this year. Her candidacy did not advance past the caucus process.

Montano is in her 19th year working for the Denver Coroner's Office, where she is a medico-legal death investigator.

Romann is unopposed in the November election.

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