Primary Election Season Kicks into High Gear – Rick Langenberg

The primary election vote for registered Democrats and Republicans is right around the corner, with a heated GOP showdown for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat.

Last week, Teller County Clerk and Recorder Krystal Brown announced the schedule for early voting, which kicks off on June 20. In addition, mail drop-off outlets have been established at several places in Teller County, including the Woodland Park Public Library and the clerk and recorder offices in both Cripple Creek and Woodland Park.

But for those who want to cast tallies at an official voting center, they can do this starting on June 20 at the Woodland Park Public Library and on election day, June 28. The vote center will be open every day during the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Most of the election showdown focuses on the U.S. Senate race, with five Republican contenders vying for the GOP nomination and the opportunity to challenge Democrat Michael Bennet, who is running unopposed. The Republican field includes Jon Keyser, Jack Graham, Darryl Glenn, Robert Blaha and Ryan Frazier.

In addition, incumbent Doug Lamborn will square off with Calandra Vargas for the GOP nomination for the District Five congressional seat.

The Teller Republicans are holding a “Big Tent” rally on June 18 at the Sourdough Ranch, starting at 2 p.m., during which all of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and District Five congressional seats are scheduled to attend. According to County Commissioner Dave Paul, who is moderating the rally, the candidates will make brief presentations and answer some questions from the audience. For more information, see the Mountain Almanac in this week’s TMJ News.

Ballots were mailed out to registered voters of the two main parties in Teller County on June 6. In order to participate in the primary election, a person must be a registered Democrat or a Republican. A qualified voter has until June 20 to request a mail ballot.

For more information, call 719-689-2951.