Moffat County Republican candidates make the ballot
March 31, 2018
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the candidacy of Linda Peters, candidate for Moffat County Treasurer, who was inadvertently omitted from the original post.
CRAIG — All the candidates who participated in the Moffat County Republican Assembly on Saturday, March 31, received the votes needed to earn spot on the June primary ballot.
Candidates participating in the county assembly earn a place on the ballot when they receive at least 30 percent of the delegates’ votes at the assembly. The number of votes also determines a candidate’s spot on the ballot. The person with the most votes is listed first.
Gubernatorial candidate Doug Jones and Colorado House District 57 incumbent candidate Bob Rankin attended the assembly, and numerous other candidates were represented by local surrogates and campaign representatives.
Eighty-six delegates attended the assembly. Ten of those delegates will head to the Republican House District 57 Assembly, set for April 7 in Meeker, and the State Republican Assembly, set for April 14 in Boulder. Moffat County is eligible to send 21 delegates. Republican Chair Corrie Ponikvar said the lack of participation could be due to the increase in first-time delegates participating in the assembly this year.
“This year, we had a lot of first-time attendees at our assembly,” Ponikvar said. “I’m not sure that they knew that was available to them.”
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She said it can take a few assemblies for delegates to become familiar with all the ways they can participate in the election.
Still, the turnout of new faces excited Ponikvar.
“Hopefully, they enjoyed it, and they will be more aware of how that whole process works — how the election process begins,” she said.
Candidates who do not participate in the assembly can earn a spot on the ballot by petition. To petition onto the ballot, a candidate must collect a number of signatures equivalent to 20 percent of the votes cast for that office in the previous election. These signatures are submitted to the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's office, which certifies that each name represents a party member with a current, valid voter registration.
District 3 County Commissioner and candidate for re-election Frank Moe is petitioning for a spot on the ballot. Earlier this month, Moe submitted a petition with 560 signatures. The petition is currently being certified by the clerk and recorder’s office.
Moe needs 418 certified signatures to be placed on the ballot.
So far, the following local candidates will appear on the Republican primary ballot in June. They are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot.
District 3 commissioner
Clerk and recorder
Democratic coroner candidate Alec Brown will run against the winner of the Republican primary.