Republican candidates emerge from the district and state assemblies

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During the weekend, nearly 20 Moffat County voters took part in the election process by heading to Denver for the Republican State Assembly.

The Moffat County delegates attended the district and state assemblies to help determine which Republican candidates would make it onto the June primary.

Brandi Meek, Moffat County chairwoman of the Republican Committee, expressed pride for being able to be a delegate at the district and state assemblies. It was through that work that she can help Republican leaders become aware of the issues that Moffat County faces, she said.

“I think establishing those relationships now will help us in the future,” she said. “We had a great time.”

While some candidates proceeded forward toward the primary without much surprise, there were a couple of upsets at the assembly, Meek said.

Incumbent state Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, got the majority of the delegate votes from the 57th district and so will not be up against any other candidate in the primary election. But U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will go up against David Cox, of Palisade, on the primary ballot. U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., won a substantial chunk of the delegate vote; beating out any party competition. Both candidates for attorney general, Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffmann and state Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, made it onto the ballot, Meek said.

A big surprise came in the governor’s race. Four candidates received either enough delegate votes or voter signatures to be voted on in the June primary election.

Former state Sen. Mike Kopp and Secretary of State Scott Gessler each received the necessary delegate votes to move forward. They will be up against former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez on the primary ballot, Meek said.

“We had some surprise results across the board,” Meek said.

For first-time Moffat County delegate Paul Anderson, this was an exciting and educational experience.

“It was real informative experience for me,” he said. “We were able to talk about the war on coal, oil and gas drilling and sage grouse issues.”

Overall, it was important to be part of the process, he said.

“For us, our basic concerns in Moffat County are natural resource issues. I felt like this is one time my voice was heard as far as in the political process,” he said. “I think we got some good candidates. For the most part, they made it onto the ballot.”

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

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