Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Steamboat Springs After the recent Republican and Democratic county assemblies, the list of candidates for the November ballot is shaping up.
District 1 incumbent Nancy Stahoviak, a Republican, and District 2 incumbent Doug Monger, a Democrat, will be on their respective primary ballots. Jeff Fry, a Republican running for the District 2 seat, also will be on his party's primary ballot after receiving 63 percent of the vote at Saturday's Republican assembly.
Republicans Bea Westwater, running for the District 1 seat, and Mark Marchus, running for the District 2 seat, did not garner enough support at the assembly to get on the primary ballots.
Westwater said she plans to petition to get on the ballot; Marchus, who has been embroiled in a battle with Routt County after being terminated from his chief building official position in February, could not be reached for comment.
Candidate Mike Kien, who is running as a Libertarian for the District 1 seat, can be nominated by his party at its statewide convention, to be held near the end of the month. Kien said as far as he knows, he is the only Libertarian running in the county, which means that if he is supported at the convention, his name will appear on the general election ballot.
There still is time for residents who have not announced their candidacy to get in on this year's election, Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland said.
Anyone who wants to run as a Republican or Democratic candidate must submit a petition by June 1. People who want to run as unaffiliated candidates or as part of a minor party have until July 6 to submit their petitions because they do not have to be on a primary ballot, Weinland said.
Potential Republican and Democratic candidates must have their petitions signed by members of their party. Unaffiliated and minor party candidates can have anyone sign their petitions.
The number of signatures needed is based on the number of votes cast in the last race for the position, Weinland said.
Although anyone can turn in a petition, the county has not received a petition for county commissioner during the past decade, she said.
"Everyone has gotten on via their assemblies," Weinland said.
Candidates who missed the assemblies and miss the petition deadlines can file an affidavit to be a write-in candidate up to 60 days before the election.
Weinland described the process so far as "democracy in process."
"This is what it's all about, is people having access to the ballot and being able to support candidates of their choice," Weinland said.
The other county position opening up this election is that of coroner. Rob Ryg, who was appointed as county coroner in January, is the only person who has announced his candidacy for the position.
Ryg, who has worked with the coroner's office since 1997 and also is a pastor at the Euzoa Bible Church, is running as a Republican.
"I look at this as a way I can serve the community," Ryg said.
Because Ryg did not go through the assembly process, he will petition to get on the ballot.