Marchus hands in petition

Mark Marchus could be on the Republican primary ballot as a candidate for the District 2 county commissioner seat.

After failing to receive enough votes at the party's county assembly to be named on the ballot, the former chief building official, who is fighting the county over his termination, turned in a petition Tuesday to get his name on the ballot.

The petition will be checked for accuracy, after which Marchus could be put on the primary ballot, Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland said.

District 2 Republican candidate Jeff Fry received enough support at the Republican county assembly to get on the primary ballot, but Marchus received only 27 percent of the vote instead of the 30 percent he needed.

Marchus said he got 142 signatures on his petition, more than the 92 he needed, and that he feels he is a "very electable" candidate.

"I have a lot of name recognition, plus I have 30 years of experience within city and county government," Marchus said. "I've seen good government and I've seen not-so-good government, and I think we need to turn Routt County's government back to the electorate, back to the people."

Marchus said he was disappointed he did not receive more support at the assembly, and that he felt he underestimated the competition and was going to have to be a more active candidate.

Marchus was terminated in February on allegations that he did not create a good working environment at the department and violated county gift polices by taking stones a contractor was throwing away. Marchus has denied those allegations.

The petition Marchus turned in was the first the county has received, Weinland said. In most elections, no petitions are received.

Republican Bea Westwater, running for the District 1 seat, did not garner enough support at the assembly meetings to get on the primary ballot but said she planned to petition to get on the ballot.

District 1 incumbent Nancy Stahoviak, a Republican, and District 2 incumbent Doug Monger, a Democrat, also will be on their respective primary ballots.

Candidate Mike Kien, who is running as a Libertarian for the District 1 seat, can be nominated by his party at its statewide convention this month.

Anyone who wants to run under the Republican or Democratic parties must turn in a petition by Tuesday. People who want to run as unaffiliated candidates or as part of a minor party must turn in a petition by July 6.

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