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Beeson spot on ballot secure

The effort to recall 9th Judicial District Attorney Colleen Truden has taken another step toward the Dec. 13 election. On Friday, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced that it accepted 34 signatures on a recall petition submitted by former Deputy District Attorney Martin Beeson that were originally rejected during its verification process. As a result, Beeson’s petition now contains 1,015 valid signatures of eligible electors.Originally, the office rejected 262 signatures out of the 1,243 that Beeson submitted. That left Beeson short of the 1,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot.His name will now officially be listed on the ballot as a recall candidate. But that race takes place only if enough votes are cast to recall Truden.”Obviously I’m very pleased,” Beeson said. “I owe a great debt of gratitude to the many volunteers who pounded the pavement and knocked on doors. Without them I couldn’t have done this.”He now has three weeks until the election to campaign for the vote.”It will be a short campaign, but intense,” Beeson said. “My plan is to make as many direct contacts with voters as possible in the short time we have to do this. I’ll be out on the streets again knocking on doors and urging people to get out and vote on Dec. 13.”Beeson was a former assistant district attorney for Truden.Chip McCrory, a former assistant district attorney under Milt Blakey, is also running as a write-in candidate. His name will not appear on the ballot, however.He was unable to gather the requisite 1,000 signatures required for a petition to appear on the recall ballot by the Nov. 1 deadline. He has filled out and submitted an application for write-in status.The challenge for McCrory now is to make sure people know his name on Dec. 13 ballot. “Obviously I’m somewhat hopeful they’ll go in there with my name (in mind) as a write-in candidate,” he said.McCrory said his campaign will be “grassroots,” and will include placing advertisements in local newspapers and “talking to folks.” Beyond that, “going door to door, I’m not sure how productive that would be.” The election will also be a challenge for Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf. Friday afternoon she got the go-ahead from the Secretary of State’s office to print the ballots for the election.Because of the short time frame, there will be no early voting, she said.Alsdorf said she will publish the walk-in voting locations next week.”The quicker we can get the public notified and get the absentee ballots out the better. I don’t know what the weather will be like,” she said.For more information about the election, call the clerk and recorder’s office at 945-2377, ext. 1770 or 1820.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com


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