Sheriff’s race forums today |

Sheriff’s race forums today

— With the primaries less than a month away, Routt County Republicans are gearing up for the contested race that will decide the Republican sheriff’s candidate.

The Come and Meet the Republican Candidates forums begin today. The first of four forums is being held at 6:30 p.m. at the North Routt Fire Station No. 2 in Clark.

Many Republican candidates running in the general election are expected to attend, but most people are focused on the Routt County sheriff’s race.

“There will be more interest in the sheriff’s race than any other race because it’s the only contested (primary) race,” said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairwoman of Routt County Republicans.

The Aug. 8 Republican primary will determine which sheriff candidate, Ray Birch or Garrett Wiggins, will face Democrat Gary Wall in the Nov. 7 general election. To vote in the Republican primary, voters must have already registered and declared their affiliation with the Republican Party. The Republican sheriff’s race is the only contested primary race in either party.

There will be three more GOP forums — all sponsored by the Routt County Republicans Central Committee — before the primary. A forum will be held at the Oak Creek Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. On July 25, a forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall. And on July 26, a forum will be held in the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Routt County Courthouse Annex.

“They will be fairly informal, but we really do want people to be informed on the two sheriff’s candidates so they can make an informed decision on election day,” Schubert-Akin said.

The forums also will be a good opportunity for voters to meet Republican candidates who face contested elections in the Nov. 7 general election.

Republican Richard Klumker will face Democrat Mike Ker—-rigan for Routt County Ass–essor. Nancy Terry is running as an independent for assessor.

Republican Paul Strong will face Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush for the District 3 Routt County Commissioner seat.

Incumbent Republican State Rep. Al White will face Democrat Andrew Gold.

Republican Scott Tipton will face Democratic incumbent John Salazar for Colorado’s District 3 seat in Congress.

Democrats have no contested primaries, but there a couple of party events planned.

Democrats will have a float in Hayden’s Colorado Days parade Saturday. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Jefferson Avenue in Hayden. Democrats also will hold a Candidates’ Picnic in the Park at 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

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