Full slate of candidates for ’06 election
Garfield County voters will have almost a full slate of candidates to choose from this November. “It’s somewhat unusual to see these races be contested,” said county Republican party chairman Gregg Rippy. “In one aspect it’s good that people want to be involved in county government.”Republicans and Democrats alike have lined up to fill a slew of open seats in county government this year.Facing off for the County Commissioner District 1 seat are incumbent Trési Houpt, a Democrat, and Republican Steve Reynolds.Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf announced earlier this year she is retiring after 27 years in office. Two women who have worked for her for many years are vying for her seat: Republican Marian Clayton and Democrat Jean Alberico.Longtime county Treasurer Georgia Chamberlain, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Gala Ivie, of Silt, who is deputy treasurer of Eagle County.Current county Assessor and Republican Shannon Hurst has been challenged by Democrat John Gorman. Gorman has also been at the forefront of a citizen initiative, Colorado Landowners for Fairness, which is trying to gather enough petition signatures to mount a ballot question that would require oil and gas drilling companies to pay for damages incurred during mineral development on private land.Even county surveyor, Scott Aibner, will face an opponent this year. Aibner, a Republican, is being challenged by New Castle surveyor Dave Nicholson.In state races, former Re-1 school board member Susan Hakanson is running for CU regent against former state Senator Tilly Bishop of Grand Junction.County Democratic Party chairman Dana Barker of Battlement Mesa will face off against the winner of the Aug. 8 Republican primary for the Senate District 7 seat, either Matt Smith or Josh Penry, who in turn are seeking the seat held by term-limited Ron Teck. Only Garfield County voters in Precincts 25, 26 and 27 in Battlement Mesa will be eligible to vote in the Smith-Penry race, Alsdorf said. Senate District 7 covers a portion of western Garfield County and all of Mesa County.Democratic chairman Dana Barker praised the work of party activists who have increased membership over the past few years, which has resulted in a strong slate of party candidates. “We’re getting a lot of interest and activity and we hope to grow this,” he said.The only unopposed candidates for county offices are Sheriff Lou Vallario and Coroner William “Trey” Holt, both Republicans.
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