Elections officials firm up primary ballots for Boulder County GOP, Dems

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

By John Fryar – Times Call Staff Writer

Ballots will start arriving the week of June 4

Colorado’s Republican and Democratic voters can begin checking out their primary election choices that they’ll see on the ballots they’ll start getting in the mail the week of June 4.

So, too, can voters unaffiliated with any political parties, people who — for the first time in Colorado history — will be able to vote in a Democratic or Republican primary.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has certified the lists of congressional and state government candidates whose names will appear on this year’s GOP and Democratic primary ballots.

County clerks have certified the names of county government office-seekers who qualified to be included on those primary election ballots.

The elections will settle a number of intra-party rivalries for the chance to advance to November’s general election ballot.

In Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, a multiple-county district that includes most of Boulder County, for example, Democratic and unaffiliated primary election voters are being asked to decide whether Joe Neguse or Mark Williams will face Republican Peter Yu in the general election.

In the 4th Congressional District, another multiple-county area that includes Longmont and southwest Weld County, Democratic voters will choose whether Chase Kohne or Karen McCormick gets to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, the incumbent, in the general election.

Each major political party’s primary ballot will feature a four-way contest among candidates vying to be that party’s standard-bearer in this year’s race for governor.

Cary Kennedy, Jared Polis, Donna Lynn and Mike Johnston are seeking Democratic primary election votes in their bids to be Colorado’s next governor.

Walker Stapleton, Greg Lopez, Doug Robinson and Victor Mitchell are vying for GOP primary election voters’ support in their campaigns for governor.

Two Democrats, Phil Weiser and Joe Salazar, are competing to be the party’s general election candidate for attorney general. The winner will face Republican George Brauchler — the sole GOP primary election candidate for AG — in November’s election.

Two other Democrats, Dave Young and Bernard Douthit, are battling to advance to the general election in the state treasurer’s race.

Three Republicans are vying for primary votes on the GOP side — Justin Everett, Polly Lawrence and Brian Watson.

Boulder County voters casting ballots in the Democratic primary will be choosing between Mike Foote and Michael Dougherty in their rivalry for the Boulder County district attorney’s office.

There are no Republicans running for that post — and no members of other parties or unaffiliated voters have announced their candidacies for it — so whoever emerges as the winner of the Dougherty-Foote primary will almost certainly, barring a successful bid by a DA’s candidate from another political party or by someone who’s unaffiliated with any party, be the winner in the November’s general election, as well.

Voters casting ballots in this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries will find single candidates from each of those parties for many of the offices on those primary ballot — rather than contests between two or more people over who will proceed to the general election.

Candidates unopposed in their party’s primary will automatically advance to November’s election, if anyone marks them as their choices in the primary.

In some cases, though, winners of the June primaries will, however, in some cases be joined on the general election ballot by Libertarians, Green, Unity or American Constitution party members and unaffiliated candidates who also running for some offices this year but who did not first have to go through a primary to get to the general.

Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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