Rankin gets House District 57 nomination | PostIndependent.com

Rankin gets House District 57 nomination

Heather McGregor
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Bob Rankin

DENVER, Colorado – Bob Rankin of Carbondale knocked Ron Roesener of Battlement Mesa off the primary ballot for the House District 57 seat in voting at the Republican state assembly Friday in Denver.

Of the 104 delegates from Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties, Rankin collected 86 votes to Roesener’s 16, with two delegates not casting a vote, according to Dave Merritt, Garfield County Republican Party chairman.

Roesener needed 30 percent of the delegate votes, or 32 votes, to win a spot on the June 26 primary ballot.

In the speeches leading up to voting, Battlement Mesa businessman Lynn Shore nominated Roesener and Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky nominated Rankin.

“I’m humbled and honored to be representing the 57th House District in the general election,” said Rankin, 69, in an email to the Post Independent Friday.

“My platform is a government of law based on the Constitution, responsible energy development and fiscal sanity, all of which are important to our district, our state and our country,” Rankin added.

Roesener, 62, the former chair of the Garfield County Republican Party, entered the race in late January, a few weeks after Rankin announced his candidacy.

Both saw the opportunity of an open race, as incumbent state Rep. Roger Wilson, D-Glenwood Springs, announced in December that he would not seek re-election.

Democrats, meanwhile, have not named a candidate for the 57th district race, according to Jack Real of Glenwood Springs.

“We just had the meeting and we are looking,” Real said Friday in a phone interview from the Democrat’s state assembly in Pueblo. “We know it’s an important seat and we are going to work hard to find a good candidate.”

In a separate meeting early Friday at the GOP assembly, Republicans from Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties met to nominate incumbent Martin Beeson for the Ninth District Attorney’s post.

Merritt said he nominated Beeson, of Rifle, and delegates from the three counties “elected him by acclamation.”

At present, the Democrats lack a candidate to face Beeson.

“We have vacancy committees in place for both those races, so when a candidate emerges, we can run them through those committees,” Real said of the district attorney and state representative races.

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