State Rep. Curry will face two opponents for the District 61 seat
It looks like Rep. Kathleen Curry will have a pair of opponents in her bid to keep her House District 61 seat as an unaffiliated candidate.
Harvey Branscomb, the Eagle County Democratic Party chairman, recently confirmed that Garfield County resident Roger Wilson will make a run for the seat as a Democrat.
Earlier this year, Curry announced that she was switching form Democrat to unaffiliated. Curry has been the representative for District 61 for three terms – the last two she ran unopposed.
Luke Korkowski, a Crested Butte attorney, is running as a Republican.
The Colorado Secretary of State office said that neither Korkowski or Wilson has filed paperwork or turned in petitions to run for the seat.
The two affiliated candidates have until June 15 to take care of all paperwork, a representative with the Secretary of State Office said.
As for Curry, her deadline to turn in 400 valid signatures is today.
Wilson was confirmed as the Democratic candidate when a decision was made in a caucus of 57 delegates from the district met – Friday night – before the Democratic State Assembly in Denver on Saturday, Branscomb said.
Wilson’s candidacy was supported by 70 percent of the House District 61 delegates, he said. Only 30 percent is needed to confirm a candidate.
Wilson is the chief technical officer with Blue Mountain Arts, a company that publishes cards, books, calendars and offers an extensive selection of online cards.
According to an e-mail from the Curry campaign Wednesday, they are wrapping up the petition drive and plan to turn it in by the end of the day today. The e-mail said that approximately 700 signatures have been collected.
After the petition is turned in, Curry will have to await the judge’s final ruling in the ballot access lawsuit.
If the judge allows the lawsuit, Curry’s petition signatures will need to be confirmed, then she will be on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate.
If the judge denies the ballot lawsuit, the Gunnison lawmaker plans to run as a write-in candidate, the e-mail said.
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