Their races may have flown mostly under the radar in this busy election year, but new University of Colorado regents will face issues that will play out in the news for the state’s largest university and third-largest employer.
Democratic incumbent Stephen C. Ludwig held his at-large seat with 669,093 votes, 47 percent of the votes cast, in a tight race against Republican Brian Davidson, who garnered 663,435 votes or 46 percent of votes cast.
The other candidates in the race, Tyler Belmont and Daniel Ong, received 34,011 and 67,815 votes respectively.
La Plata County also went for Ludwig, giving him 48 percent of the votes cast, or 11,855 votes, with 10,738 votes, 43 percent going to challenger Davidson. In the duel for the regent’s seat representing the 3rd Congressional District, Republican Glenn Gallegos pulled 55 percent of votes cast with 96,873 votes, while Democrat Jessica Garrow received 45.32 percent of the vote with 80,296 votes.
Garrow beat Gallegos in La Plata County, taking 53.39 percent of votes cast, or 13,054 votes, with Gallegos pulling 47 percent of votes cast, for a total of 11,396 votes.
Ludwig and Gallegos face a budgetary challenge, because Colorado has dropped funding per student at public institutions of higher learning more than 50 percent in the last decade.