Beeson hopeful about his recall election filing
At least one man planning to file for candidacy in the upcoming district attorney recall election will likely clear the petition hurdle in time for the filing deadline today. Martin Beeson and Chip McCrory – both Republicans – must each obtain 1,000 signatures of voters registered with the GOP in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties to become candidates in the Dec. 13 election, which will decide whether Colleen Truden will remain the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Beeson and McCrory each had 15 days to gather the signatures beginning Oct. 17, the day Gov. Bill Owens set the date for the Dec. 13 recall election. The candidates are required to submit their petitions to the Secretary of State’s office in Denver by 5 p.m. today.The pair were required to gather signatures of Republicans because they have to gain candidacy the same way Truden did – with the support of their party, said Dana Williams, spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Because there is no Republican caucus this year, Beeson and McCrory have to gather Republican signatures instead, she said. As of 2 p.m. Monday, Beeson said he predicts he’ll submit more than the required signatures. “I’m hopeful, cautiously optimistic that we’ll have 1,200,” he said. He said last week that his goal was to gather between 1,300 and 1,500 signatures. Beeson was out working Monday afternoon in Battlement Mesa looking for more signatures from registered Republicans. He said the response from voters across the 9th Judicial District has been excellent. As many as 90 percent of all the people he and his volunteers have contacted have signed the petition for his candidacy, Beeson said. “I think that’s a conservative estimate,” he said. While Beeson’s candidacy was going well Monday afternoon, McCrory’s candidacy was uncertain. He said that the signature gathering process was “pretty slow at the moment.”McCrory, a Carbondale lawyer, was unclear at press time if he had gathered enough signatures to become a candidate. He said that he had people out last night gathering signatures. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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