Garfield County Repubs select delegates for state assembly
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Garfield County Republicans had a strong showing at the party’s county assembly Saturday.
Nearly 150 people showed up at the Community Center, despite the lack of a contested county office.
“I was pleased,” Garfield County Republican Party Chairman Jim Larson said. “We had a good turnout, and people had a chance to voice their concerns.”
The assembly gave candidates in contested state races ” including those running for 9th Judicial district attorney, state senate district 8, state house districts 57 and 61 and 3rd District U.S. House of Representatives ” a chance to speak to the delegates who may choose to vote for them at the state Republican assembly and convention on June 4-5.
One of those races, the campaign for 9th Judicial district attorney, could actually be decided at the state assembly.
The two Republican candidates, Colleen Truden and H. Lawson Wills, each need to get at least 30 percent of delegate votes ” which will include delegates from Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties ” at the 9th Judicial District assembly on June 4 to get their names on the primary ballot.
“Ten people could decide the race for D.A.,” said Fred Truden, husband of D.A. candidate Colleen Truden.
Thus far, there are no Democratic candidates for the D.A. position, so even if both Truden and Wills get their 30 percent and make it to the primary ballot, the primary election could essentially be the final election.
The main purpose of the assembly, aside from political maneuvering with speeches and campaign literature, is to choose delegates from Garfield County to attend the state Republican Assembly.
A delegate was chosen from each of the county’s 27 precincts along with four at-large delegates. For the three precincts with no representation, the delegates were also chosen at-large.
Alternates from each precinct were also chosen.
Each Garfield County Republican Party official will be a delegate:
Chairman ” Jim Larson
Vice Chairwoman ” Cheryl Chandler
Vice Chairwoman ” Carole Brown
Secretary ” Dee McCown
Treasurer ” Tom Beard
1 Gene Schilling
2 Toni Cerise
4 Cassie Cerise
5 Jeff Carlson
6 Arnold Delossie
7 John Martin
8 Bill Coleman
9 Dave Merritt
10 Dave Sturges
11 Scott Balcomb
12 Colleen Truden
13 Stephen Burns
14 Bob Gordon
15 Brett Jolley
16 Gail Schultz
17 Levy Burris
19 Bruce Collins
20 Arnold Mackley
21 Gary Osier
22 Larry McCown
23 Constance Hollenbeck
24 Phillip Vaughan
26 Jenice Campbell
27 Robert Houska
At large Charlotte Zilm
At large Shirley Woodrow
At large Marilee Rippy
At large Kent Jolley
At large Carlton Hoffmeister
At large Denise Vaughan
At large Stephanie Templon
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