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Beeson sure of slot on slate

Two decisions yesterday – one by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office and the other by District Attorney Colleen Truden – all but ensure that attorney Martin Beeson’s name will appear on the ballot of the upcoming recall election in the 9th Judicial District.Beeson, a former deputy district attorney under Truden, said that Deputy Secretary of State William Dobbs yesterday reinstated a group of 28 signatures his office had previously rejected over a technicality. That is a sufficient number of signatures to ensure Beeson a spot on the recall ballot as the replacement candidate for Truden. An official written decision is expected from the Secretary of State’s office on Friday.Meanwhile, Truden has dropped her plans to contest about 30 signatures collected by Beeson, according to the Dana Williams, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s office. Truden’s attorney faxed a letter to the Secretary of State announcing her decision to not challenge the petition signatures.Truden, who has been plagued by problems since she took office earlier this year, is facing a recall election on Dec. 13. The recall effort began after several assistant and deputy district attorneys resigned and an open records request revealed that she had been paying her husband for computer consulting services.Once the recall election was set, Beeson had just two weeks to gather the signatures of 1,000 registered Republicans in order to gain a spot on the ballot as the replacement candidate. He submitted 1,243 signatures on Nov. 1 to the Secretary of State’s office, which rejected 262 of the signatures, leaving him 19 short of the total needed to make the ballot.Included with rejects was a block of signatures collected by a Beeson supporter who did not fill out the collector’s affidavit correctly. Beeson submitted an amended affidavit from that collector to Dobbs at Tuesday’s protest hearing in Denver, and Dobbs subsequently reinstated the block of signatures, Beeson said.Once Dobbs ruled that the 28 signatures were valid, Beeson could have dropped his plans to contest the rejection of another 58 signatures. Instead, he made a case for reinstating an additional 58 signatures that were rejected for a variety of reasons, including questions over party affiliation and the accuracy of people’s home addresses.Beeson expressed concern that Truden may appeal the reinstated signatures. “I’d rather be safe than sorry, so we went ahead with the hearing,” he said.Dobbs is expected to rule on the additional 58 signatures by Friday. If Beeson ultimately prevails, he will appear on the recall ballot as a replacement candidate for Truden, should voters recall her from office.Truden could not be reached for comment.Local attorney Chip McCrory also tried to get on the ballot but failed to get the required 1,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot; however, he has since taken out paperwork to be a write-in candidate.


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