Voter signup deadline near |

Voter signup deadline near

Ryan Graff
Special to the Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Talk all around the nation is focused on politics, and Garfield County is no exception.

Plenty of people and groups throughout the valley are talking politics and many are trying to get more people out to vote this year.

By Friday, Feb. 13, residents must register as either a Democrat or Republican if they want to participate in the Garfield County party caucuses, said Mildred Alsdorf, Garfield County’s clerk and recorder.

“If you don’t step up to the plate now, the candidates will be selected for you,” said Garfield County Democratic Party chairman Don Kaufman.

Kaufman also urged anyone not registered with a party to declare their affiliation so they may help choose which candidates will be on the ballot.

“Just please, please choose an affiliation,” he said. “This is the time for people to voice their opinion. Ninety percent of the decision is made way prior to the election.”

The group Wake Up Now is also encouraging people to vote. Wake Up Now is a group of Roaring Fork Valley citizens who want to encourage people to vote and promote alternatives to the Bush administration.

Wake Up Now is holding a contest that asks participants why people should vote. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 who lives between Aspen and Rifle may submit an essay, political cartoon, or video on why young people should vote.

The prize for first place is $1,000.

Caucuses and assemblies in April

Meanwhile, dates have been set for party precinct caucuses and county assemblies.

The Garfield County Democratic Party will merge its precinct caucuses and county convention into one session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in room 301 of the old county courthouse in Glenwood Springs, said Kaufman.

The first half of the meeting will give candidates the chance to address county Democrats. The second half will allow party members to choose which candidate they want to support.

The Garfield County Republican Party will hold precinct caucuses at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, at various locations throughout the county, said Jim Larson, chairman of the Garfield County Republicans. The Republicans will hold their county assembly and convention at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Both parties will elect candidates for Garfield County Board of County Commissioner district 2 and 3 seats, said Alsdorf. Incumbent Republicans John Martin and Larry McCown plan to seek re-election.

Other local seats up for election this year are district attorney, the 61st District state House of Representatives seat now held by Gregg Rippy, the 57th District state House seat now held by Al White of Winter Park, and the 8th District state Senate seat held by Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs.

Anyone who wishes to register with a party or change parties must do so by Friday at the county clerk and recorder’s office at the County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, or at the clerk’s office in Rifle at 144 E. 3rd.

The deadline for the Wake Up Now contest submission is April 1. Entry submissions and more information is at, or write to: Wake Up Now, P.O. Box 1955, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 534

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