Routt County’s 2 state treasurer candidates don’t qualify for ballot at state assembly
April 16, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County Republicans Brett Barkey and Brita Horn came up short Saturday in their efforts to qualify as primary candidates in the race for Colorado treasurer.
At the GOP state assembly in Boulder, Barkey and Horn placed second and fourth place, respectively, in a vote to determine who would qualify for the ballot.
Barkey, the District Attorney for Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, earned the support of 21 percent of the delegates at the assembly while Horn, Routt County's treasurer, earned 12 percent.
A candidate needed at least 30 percent of the vote to earn a spot on the ballot.
Treasurer candidate Justin Everett, a Republican state house representative from Littleton, was the only candidate to earn a spot on the ballot during the assembly.
"I was disappointed one of them didn't make it," Geneva Taylor, a delegate from Routt County said Monday. "We love our Routt County people and support them."
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Routt County sent 17 delegates to the state assembly.
Both Barkey and Horn faced attack ads during the campaign that were paid for by a political action committee supporting Everett.
Barkey labeled the attacks against him as false.
The Denver Post reported Everett's opponents at the assembly were targeted by a postcard and letters that "attempted to portray (them) … as anti-tax public officials who have worked to undermine the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights."
The Post reported the attack prompted Barkey's campaign to put stickers that said "I SUPPORT TABOR!" on cards handed out at the candidate's table.
Barkey provided a letter he sent to supporters, following the vote.
He said he was disappointed by the results but proud of the campaign he ran.
“We intend to take what we learned, to embrace the amazing energy in the new friendships we have forged and to continue on our path of service,” he wrote.
Horn did not respond to an email Monday afternoon seeking comment.
At the Democratic state assembly in Broomfield, Steamboat's Diane Mitsch Bush qualified for the primary ballot as a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District.
The former state representative earned 56 percent of the delegate votes.
Glenwood Springs City Attorney Karl Hanlon also qualified for the primary ballot after earning 41 percent of the vote.
Routt County sent 20 delegates to the Democratic assembly.
"It was very positive, hopeful and solution-oriented," Routt County Democratic Party Chairwoman Catherine Carson said of the assembly. "The comment we heard all day is we have so many great candidates."