4 candidates running for 1 commissioner seat in November
April 9, 2010
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By Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
GRAND COUNTY – The way races are shaping up for the Grand County general election in November, the District 3 commissioner’s race should be a hot contest, with four candidates presently vying for the seat.
The District 3 commissioner race is one race that came out of the Republican Grand County Assembly recently, with George Davis of Hot Sulphur Springs and incumbent Gary Bumgarner securing enough votes to get their names on the primary ballot.
The Primary Election will have two District 3 commissioner candidates from the Democratic side as well. Robert McVay of Hot Sulphur Springs and Peter Ralph of Parshall are both running as choices for the seat.
At the Democratic Grand County Assembly on April 6, Ralph garnered 53 percent of the votes ahead of McVay, according to Grand County Democratic Party Chair Clint Roberts.
Although the seat is filled by someone who lives in District 3 – mid- to western-Grand County – all Grand County residents are qualified to vote for the District 3 position in the General Election. Bumgarner has held the seat for one four-year term.
The March 28 Republican Grand County Assembly had as many as 100 people in attendance, according to Grand County Republican Party Chair David Abbott. Party affiliates elected 17 delegates to go on to the state convention May 21-22 at the Budweiser Events Center, Loveland.
Discussions about party politics took place during the assembly, with two resolutions adopted to move forward concerning gun rights and eliminating daylight savings time.
Democrats in Grand County chose 13 delegates to continue on to the Democratic state convention May 22 in Broomfield.
Resolutions that came out of the Democratic County Assembly concerned banning corporate contributions to political activities, supporting a universal, single-payer health care system, making water conservation measures mandatory and instituting greater financial regulations.
Another potential race in the Republican Primary is for Grand County Sheriff. Incumbent Rod Johnson was the sole Republican sheriff candidate at the Grand County Assembly, but Republican opponent Stephen Holland of Granby is circulating a petition to get on the Aug. 10 ballot.
An unaffiliated third sheriff candidate may be entering the race. Sheila Kesler of Granby is petitioning onto the general election ballot.
Both Holland and Kesler were once deputies at the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
In other Grand County races, the treasurer’s office held by Republican Christina Whitmer is being contested by Brenda Morrow, a senior escrow officer and resident of Hot Sulphur Springs. Republican Morrow is currently circulating a petition to get onto the Primary Election ballot.
Grand County Assessor Tom Weydert, Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene, Coroner Brenda Bock and Surveyor Warren Ward, all Republicans, are poised to be on the Primary ballot uncontested.
Presently, there are no other candidates for these positions listed by the Secretary of State’s office.
– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.