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Deadlines set for county commission candidates

Two Archuleta County Commissioner district offices are up for the taking this November, but, thus far, only one candidate is in the running for each office.

Offices in Districts 1 and 2 are up for grabs this election season, with only current commissioners Steve Wadley and Clifford Lucero officially on the ballot for their respective districts.

But while the primaries and General Election may seem far off, deadlines for accessing the ballot are quickly approaching.

There are multiple ways an interested person can add his or her name to the Primary Election ballot — party assembly, party petition, unaffiliated petition, and write-in candidacy.

The following information was provided by Archuleta County Clerk and Recorder June Madrid.

According to Colorado State Statute, a candidate is required to be a registered elector in his or her district by the first day of January immediately preceeding the Primary Election to be eligible.

If necessary, registration for each party can be proven with prior registration records from another Colorado county.

Nomination by assembly

According to Madrid, eligible electors registered with a nominating party must receive at least 30 percent (or more) of the vote of assembly members present at the party’s assembly.

If a potential candidate loses, but receives at least 10 percent of the vote, he or she may continue on by petition.

For the 2012 election, the Archuleta County Republican Assembly is March 3.

The Archuleta County Democratic Assembly is on March 17.

Both assembly dates leave a potentially short turnaround for petitions to be circulated and submitted.

Nomination by petition

Potential candidates aligned with a party can also access the 2012 Primary ballot via petition, reglardless of his or her success in the party assembly.

The first day to circulate petitions when aligned with a party was Feb. 6.

The last day to submit a petition to be on the primary ballot is April 2.

To do so, eligible electors must fill out a form, have it approved by Madrid, then circulate a petition to gain a specific number of signatures based on party affiliation and district (determined by numbers of voters in that district).

That number, according to information provided by Madrid, is 20 percent of votes cast “in the political subdivision at the contested or uncontested primary election for the political party’s candidate for the office for which the petition is being circulated, or if there was no primary election, at the last preceding general election for which there was a candidate for the office.”

Unaffiliated petition

Potential candidates hoping to run as an unaffiliated candidate must have been registered as unaffiliated by Jan. 1.

Potential candidates must, like party-aligned hopefuls, fill out a petition form and have it approved by Madrid before collecting signatures.

The first day for unaffiliated hopefuls to circulate a petition is April 9, with the last day to submit a petition being June 4.

Signatures required of unaffiliated petitioners is the lesser amount between 750 or two percent of the votes cast for all candidates for that office in the most recent general election for any county office.

Signatures required

For Commissioner, District 1, the following numbers of signatures are required:

• Republican petition: 289

• Democratic petition: 63

• Unaffiliated petition: 126

For Commissioner, District 2, the following numbers of signatures are required:

• Republican petition: 174

• Democratic petition: 56

• Unaffiliated petition: 127

Primary

The 2012 primary is scheduled for June 26 and is slated to be a mail ballot election.

Madrid is currently solicitng comments from voters over whether or not the election should be held via mail ballot (see related article).

randi@pagosasun.com

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