by Dalton Carver
Voters decided on Tuesday that Jill Mihelich will be Ouray County’s next treasurer and public trustee. The Democratic candidate defeated Republican opponent Julie Wesseling by 879 votes, with 3,101 cast overall.
Mihelich’s lead was clear after preliminary results were released around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening but was extended after final results were printed shortly after 11 p.m. The treasurer-elect, endorsed by the Ouray County Democratic Party, received 64.17 percent of the vote. Shortly after preliminary results were released showing Mihelich’s lead, Wesseling congratulated her opponent on Facebook.
“Congratulations to my opponent Jill Mihelich for Ouray County Treasurer,” she said. “She’s a hard worker and was very well funded. Ouray County voted and I wish her good luck.”
Mihelich will succeed Jeannine Casolari as treasurer, who elected not to run for another term this year.