About 100 delegates to participate in today’s GOP assembly

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What: Moffat County Republican Assembly

When: 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. assembly today

Where: Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Moffat County Republican Party precinct caucus chairpersons have been on the phone all week, local GOP Chairman KC Hume said Friday.

But, GOP officials were not phone banking, conducting voter preference surveys, or soliciting donations for local Republican candidates — they were contacting more than 92 delegates and alternates to remind them to attend the Moffat County Republican Assembly at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

The assembly starts at 7:30 a.m. today with registration and credentialing.

The event officially begins at 8:30 a.m. with some “procedural matters,” Hume said, including establishing the delegation.

“It’s important to establish the delegation early because these are the people who are going to decide which local candidates make it onto the June primary ballot,” Hume said.

There are two races at the local level in 2012. Both are for Moffat County Commission seats in District 1 and 2.

There are five candidates in the two races: Audrey Danner, incumbent Republican in District 2, is facing fellow Republicans Chuck Grobe and Rick Barnes. Republican Dave DeRose is running in District 1 against Independent candidate John Kinkaid.

To see their names on the primary ballot, candidates need to garner the support of at least 30 percent of the delegation.

But going through the assembly process is not the only way to make it on to the ballot.

Barnes has decided to bypass the assembly and petition on. As an Independent, Kinkaid is doing the same.

Danner, Grobe and DeRose have decided to take the assembly route.

In addition to inking the June ballot, Hume said delegates will hear speeches from local, regional and national candidates or their representatives.

“The unique thing about assemblies is every county has one,” Hume said. “Garfield County is doing theirs Saturday as well, which means Ron Roesener and Bob Rankin (Republican candidates for Colorado House District 57) won’t be able to make it.”

Hume said Rankin’s wife, Joyce, is expected to speak on her husband’s behalf. HD57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner is also sending his wife and Hume anticipates a staffer from Rep. Scott Tipton’s office to also make an appearance.

For more information, visit www.moffatcountyrepublicans.net.

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