Here's who's leading in the 2022 Pueblo County primary election as of Wednesday afternoon

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A Pueblo County ballot box.
A Pueblo County ballot box.

A day after the 2022 Pueblo County primary election, the candidates who will represent their parties in November's general election are still emerging.

In addition to the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder’s race, Pueblo voters saw contested races on the ballot Tuesday for Pueblo County Treasurer, House District 46, House District 62 and the Board of Pueblo County Commissioners District 3.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder's office was still counting ballots, according to Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert "Bo" Ortiz, who said there would be a "large update" to the county's results coming at some point Wednesday.

Get more 2022 Colorado primary election results: Find key state and Pueblo County races here.

Ortiz noted that while the number of ballots still in need of counting is enough to possibly change the outcome of some races, because the ballots come from all over Pueblo County, the percentages of vote totals are unlikely to significantly change.

Here’s a look at the candidates leading in contested races as of Wednesday afternoon:

Pueblo County Treasurer

Kim Archuletta — a deed specialist in the treasurer’s office who challenged her boss Del Olivas for his treasurer seat in the Democratic primary — was leading the three-term incumbent Wednesday afternoon with 7,907 votes compared with Olivas's 6,967.

If results hold, Archuletta would take on Republican Michelle M. Gray, who has a background in education administration, in November.

More: Lauren Boebert wins Republican primary in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, AP says

Colorado House District 46

With term-limited state Rep. Daneya Esgar soon vacating the House District 46 seat she’s held since 2015, a pair of Pueblo Democrats have been vying to take her place.

Tisha Mauro, a Pueblo businesswoman who currently works as a sales manager at an auto dealership, was leading Pueblo native and community relations specialist Jason Munoz with 5,050 votes to Munoz's 4,082.

In November’s general election, the winner will face Republican Jonathan Ambler, a self-employed former educator who was defeated by Esgar for the House District 46 seat in 2020.

More: Puebloan Sol Sandoval trailing Adam Frisch in Democratic primary for 3rd Congressional District

Colorado House District 62

In the race for House District 62, Ryan Williams, a Conejos County native who’s worked in several industries including construction, food service and health care, trailed fourth-generation San Luis Valley native Carol Riggenbach by more than 1,600 votes.

By Wednesday afternoon, Williams had collected just 2,878 votes, compared with Riggenbach’s 4,559.

The winner will turn their attention to the general election to face Matthew Martinez, a Pueblo Democrat and former Marine with a background in education.

County Commissioner, District 3

After single-term District 3 county commissioner Chris Wiseman, a Democrat, chose not to seek reelection, two other Pueblo Democrats jumped into the race seeking to fill his seat.

Former two-term Pueblo County Assessor Michael Schuster was losing to Roxanne “Roxy” Pignanelli, the government and community affairs coordinator for School District 70. The tally was 7,664 votes to 6,863.

The Democratic winner will take on Republican candidate Zach Swearingen, a former Navy SEAL and small business owner who was bested by Wiseman for the District 3 commissioner’s seat in 2018.

Chieftain editor Zach Hillstrom can be reached at zhillstrom@gannett.com or on Twitter @ZachHillstrom.

This article originally appeared on The Pueblo Chieftain: Here are the leaders of contested Pueblo primary races as of Wednesday