Commissioner Tollett must petition onto ballot
March 22, 2016
Grand County Commissioner Jane Tollett, the Democratic incumbent from District One, will have to petition onto the primary ballot after missing the Grand County Democratic Assembly on March 15.
Tollett said she didn't know she was supposed to attend the assembly and had been distracted by the board of commissioners' recent work on the tax revaluation of Henderson Mine and Mill.
But Tollett said she intended to petition onto the ballot.
"It was a massive mistake last week," Tollett said. "That's all I'm going to say. It's a shame, but I'm going to do this because I promised I would."
Tollett said she was in the process of getting her paperwork approved to begin collecting signatures.
The Grand County Democratic Party did not nominate candidates for county commissioner in districts one and two.
Any candidate that wants to petition onto the Democratic primary ballot for either district must submit their petition to the Grand County Clerk and Recorder's Office by April 4.
All Democratic District One candidates, including Tollett, must collect 105 signatures from Democrats registered for at least 29 days to petition on to the ballot.
Democratic candidates for county commissioner in District Two must collect 89 signatures.
Candidates must have been registered Democrats since Jan. 4 and a resident of the district in which they intend to run since Nov. 2, 2015.
"We're looking to see if anybody does indeed petition on, and if we get multiple candidates, good," said Democratic Party Chair Sandy Doudna. "Then we go to primary."
If no candidate petitions onto either ballot, Doudna said the local party would convene a vacancy committee to appoint a qualified candidate to the ballot.
In that case, all 52 delegates, alternates and central committee members that attended the county assembly will become committee members and will be eligible to vote on candidates, Doudna said.
The party will announce whether it will convene the committee on April 5.
The committee must designate a candidate no less than 68 days before the June 28 primary election.
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-557-6010.