Sunday, May 5, 2002
Steamboat Springs At its assembly on Sunday, the Routt County Republicans re-nominated all the incumbent candidates holding county jobs that are up for re-election.
Since the Democrats failed to produce any of their own candidates to challenge at its assembly last month, all of the incumbents will be alone on the ballet in November.
That means Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison and Sheriff John Warner will most likely be re-elected without challenge.
The same is true for Assessor Amy Williams, Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland, Coroner Doug Allen and Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon.
The Republicans hosted about 100 supporters Sunday at the Colorado Mountain College gymnasium. All of the nominations were made without any republican challengers.
Though voters won't have much to choose from locally, the republicans see the nomination of the incumbents without challengers, and the failure of the democrats to produce a candidate, as a sign of a satisfied public.
"The lack of interest and the lack of candidates is an indication (that) would be the case," said Olive Morton, who chaired the assembly meeting.
Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who nominated several of the candidates, said the support of all the incumbents is strong. She added that she could have easily passed a motion to have all of the incumbents nominated at one time, instead of going through the traditional process.
"I can tell you that we are the envy of other counties because all of our county employees get along," she said.
Though the stage is nearly set for all of the incumbents to serve another term, anyone interested in challenging for one of the jobs can still get on the ballot.
Democrats and Republicans can turn in a petition until June 5.
If no petitions are turned in, first-term Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger will likely remain the only Democrat holding a political office in Routt County.
In addition to the county government business, State Rep. Al White and Colorado Attorney General Candidate Marti Allbright asked the local republicans for support at the assembly.
White said he hopes to win Routt County this time around, after losing to North Routt resident Jay Fetcher two years ago.
Allbright is a part-time Steamboat Springs resident and is seeking to defeat incumbent Ken Salazar.
Senator Jack Taylor, who is not up for re-election, also spoke. He reminded his constituents of the importance of electing Republicans from the "top to bottom."