Routt County Democrats won’t run a candidate in county treasurer’s race
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Lane Iacovetto has one less obstacle to overcome in her bid to be Routt County’s next treasurer after the county’s Democratic party did not field a candidate to run against her in the general election.
Catherine Carson, chairwoman of Routt County’s Democratic Party, said Monday Iacovetto’s resume and experience as the county’s deputy clerk and recorder was a factor in dissuading some potential Democrats from running.
“One of the factors was the professionalism of the current candidate,” Carson said. “The county has a very good professional individual (in Lane Iacovetto) who has done exceptionally well and is very well respected in the clerk’s office. A senior member of the clerk’s office is a natural progression to the treasurer’s office.”
Carson added the Democratic party viewed the election as a professional opportunity, not a political one.
“Whether they have an R in front of their name or a D, that’s not the most important thing,” Carson said.
She added there were several “exceptional” candidates who expressed interest in running, but they weren’t interested in campaigning for the job.
The only way Iacovetto will face an opponent in the general election now is if a candidate unaffiliated with a political party successfully petitions onto the ballot.
The petition period for the ballot opens for unaffiliated candidates on May 17.
Democrats found themselves without a candidate for county treasurer after Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel withdrew from the campaign.
Knoebel left the race after she discovered she could not legally campaign for county treasurer and Oak Creek mayor at the same time.
Meanwhile, Iacovetto said she’s been working with outside counties to learn their best practices.
Iacovetto was appreciative of the praise from a member of the opposite party.
“I think it is great that our local parties are willing to work across party lines to accomplish what’s in the best interest of the citizens,” she said. “I also feel like the Routt County Treasurer’s Office should be operated in a non-partisan manner. That’s what is going to keep the interests of the citizens intact and make them a priority.”
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