Super Tuesday comes to Garfield County
Precincts 1-4: Carbondale Middle School
Precincts 5-7: Glenwood Springs Branch Library
Precincts 8-12: Glenwood Springs Methodist Church
Precincts 13-15: New Castle Branch Library
Precincts 16-18: Silt Branch Library
Precincts 19-23: Rifle Branch Library
Precincts 24-27: Parachute Branch Library
Precincts 1-4: Roaring Fork High School
Precincts 5-12: Glenwood Springs Community Center
Precincts 13-18: Coal Ridge High School
Precincts 19-23: Garfield County Fairgrounds
Precincts 24-27: Grand Valley Recreation Center
Republican and Democratic voters will rally at caucuses across Garfield County this evening along with the rest of Colorado and the other Super Tuesday states.
However, only Democrats will be weighing in on the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Colorado Republicans decided last year not to do a presidential preference poll this time around.
Both Democratic and Republican caucuses will start at 7 p.m. at the respective precinct locations (see sidebox).
Affiliated Republican voters who need to can register to participate on site or online, said Dave Merritt, Garfield County Republican Chair. Registration starts at 6 p.m.
Bob Shivley, Garfield County Democratic chair, said results of the local presidential preference poll could be posted to the Democrat Colorado website as early as 10 p.m.
Each precinct’s caucus will begin with a general meeting to review the event format, then break up into individual precincts.
The Republican and Democratic caucuses will pick delegates to send to the respective county party assemblies on March 12.
“This is your opportunity to start getting involved in the political process, which is much more than just helping pick the next president, even though that’s what gets the most publicity,” Merritt said.
“There’s far more to governance than just the presidential election,” he said. “You can help pick who makes the decisions that affect your life directly.”
If Democratic caucus goers come prepared and know what precinct they’re in, they can skip a potentially long line at a “locator table,” Shivley said.
Last summer, the Colorado Republican Party eliminated its preference poll for the presidential nominee, so Garfield County Republicans won’t contribute to choosing their party’s nominee.
In the District 2 Garfield County commissioners race, incumbent Commissioner John Martin of Glenwood Springs has a challenger for the Republican nomination, current Silt Trustee Aron Diaz.
Both candidates are likely to begin lining up support within their home precincts at tonight’s caucuses.
Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Mike Samson of Rifle is so-far running unopposed for renomination.
Democrats do not yet have candidates for the two commissioner races, but that could change after Tuesday’s caucuses.
In the 57th House District, which covers Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties, Bob Rankin so far does not have a challenger, either Republican or Democrat.
In Colorado Senate District 8 Randy Baumgardner is also running for re-election without a Republican challenger. Democrat Emily Tracy is challenging him for the position.
In the 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Scott Tipton of Cortez is being challenged by Alex Beinstein of Carbondale for the Republican nomination. The Democrats do not have a candidate, but Shivley said there’s potential for one soon.
If the Democrats don’t have candidates by the county assembly on March 12, there’s still some maneuvering they can do to put a candidate up later – possibly by having a candidate enter via petition, he said.
And on the State Board of Education, using the same precincts as the Congressional Districts, Republican Joyce Rankin is running unopposed in the 3rd Congressional District. She was appointed to the position in August, filling a vacancy left by Marcia Neal.
Colorado Republicans also have 10 U.S. Senate candidates running against Democratic incumbent Senator Michael Bennet: Robert Blaha, Charles Joseph Ehler, Ryan Lavar Frazier, Darryl Glenn, John Collins Graham, Jon Keyser, Michael Kinlaw, Peg Lorraine Littleton, Timothy Patrick Neville and Donald Rosier.
Also running for Bennet’s U.S. Senate seat are Lily Tang Williams of the Libertarian Party and Arn Menconi of the Green Party.
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