by Beecher Threatt
State Sen. Don Coram (R) defended his District 6 seat Tuesday, overcoming a challenge by businessman Guinn Unger (D) of Bayfield. Despite Coram’s win, the state senate flipped from Republican to Democratic control.
Ouray County bucked the trend and went for Unger over Coram by 58 percent to 42 percent, with Unger receiving 1,769 votes to Coram’s 1,303.
In the entire district, Coram’s 39,725 votes comprised 55 percent of the vote. Unger received 32,730 votes for 45 percent of the total.
Coram has focused on issues important to rural areas of the state during his service as a state representative and as senator since 2017, when he was selected to replace Sen. Ellen Roberts, who retired during her term.
Senate District 6 encompasses Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties in the southwest corner of the state.