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June 28 primary features Republican senate nomination race, challenge to Tipton

No contested primary votes for Dems

Cast your primary ballot

Ballots may be dropped off at the sites during regular business hours through Election Day,

June 28 (Hayden Town Hall closes at noon on Fridays): Clark Store, 54175 RCR 129, Clark; Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave., Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd, and Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln St.

Unaffiliated voters are still able to participate by affiliating with one of the two major parties any time before and through election day at the Routt County Clerk’s office, 522 Lincoln Ave.







— June 28 is primary election day in Colorado, but for some Routt County voters — with the exception of two contested races on the Republican ballot — Tuesday’s vote amounts to a popularity poll on the way to the Nov. 8 General Election.

Republican voters will have a chance to weigh in on primary races involving candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, but there are no contested races on the Democratic ballot.

Cast your primary ballot

Ballots may be dropped off at the sites during regular business hours through Election Day,



June 28 (Hayden Town Hall closes at noon on Fridays): Clark Store, 54175 RCR 129, Clark; Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave., Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd, and Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln St.

Unaffiliated voters are still able to participate by affiliating with one of the two major parties any time before and through election day at the Routt County Clerk’s office, 522 Lincoln Ave.



Looking ahead to the 2020 election, there are signs both Routt County Republicans and Democrats were frustrated the primary process in Colorado didn’t allow them to cast votes for a presidential candidate in 2016.

Chuck McConnell, a member of the Routt County Republicans, said party members were frustrated by the inability to have a say in the hotly contested race for the Republican presidential nomination.

“I ran a three-precinct caucus, and there were a lot of people who were very disappointed there wasn’t a way to vote for their candidate for president,” McConnell said. “People said, ‘When do we vote for a primary candidate?’ and I said that wasn’t going to happen this year,” after state Republican leaders decided against conducting even a less-formal presidential preference poll.

Catherine Carson, of the Routt County Democrats, said party members here formally called for a 2020 presidential primary that would allow unaffiliated voters to take part.

Voters throughout Colorado may get the opportunity to make that call themselves in November if the backers of Initiative 140 gather enough petition signatures to put that measure on the ballot. Initiative 140 would not change the state’s constitution, but rather alter state law to create “a presidential primary election to be held before the end of March in each presidential election year,” and allow unaffiliated voters to take part.

Challenge to Tipton

The re-election bid of U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, D-Cortez, for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is being challenged by Alex Beinstein, of Carbondale. Tipton has all but ignored Beinstein, instead voicing criticism of former State Sen. Gail Schwartz, who is unopposed in her bid to challenge Tipton in the general election.

Beinstein, 28, a recent graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and a self-described constitutionalist, has advocated for more local control over issues from school to energy exploration in the district and for a stronger American approach to relations with Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi Arabia must be added to the official state sponsor of terror list,” he wrote this week after the massacre in Orlando. “Any Saudi official with links to any terror network must have his property in the United States frozen. And there needs to be markedly reduced commercial ties between the two countries.”

Republicans will also choose their party’s challenger to incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet from among five candidates in the primary vote.

The race is atypical, in that El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who won 70 percent of the delegates to the State Republican Convention, is being challenged by four candidates who bypassed the convention nominating process, choosing instead to petition their way onto the primary ballot. The Denver Post reported this week that Glenn, a retired Air Force officer, had won the endorsement of former presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Challengers who petitioned onto the ballot include Jack Graham, who founded his own insurance firm, International Catastrophe Insurance Managers; Ryan Frazier, a Navy veteran who operates a strategic development business with clients in tourism and energy; Robert Blaha, who describes himself as a former corporate executive; and Jon Keyser, whose website describes him as a decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, during which he served as an intelligence officer.

There is also a contested Republican race for the state board of education between Joyce Rankin and Anita M. Stapleton.

Of course, Democratic voters can cast a vote for Bennet, but like all the races on the Democratic ballot, the U.S. Senate race is uncontested.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1


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