Primary election season kicks into high gear Rick Langenberg


The primary election vote for registered Democrats and Republicans has official started, with a heated GOP showdown for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat.

Teller County Clerk and Recorder Krystal Brown recently announced the schedule for early voting, which kicked off on Monday, 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 from now through election day, June 28, at the Woodland Park Public Library. 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.

A number of other seats for the Republicans are unopposed, including two county commissioner positions and a District Attorney spot. Both Norm Steen and Marc Dettenrieder are seeking their second and final terms in office as Teller County commissioners. Dan May is also making a bid for his final term as the Fourth Judicial District Attorney.

The Teller Republicans held a “Big Tent” rally on June 18 at the Sourdough Ranch in Woodland Park during which all of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and District Five congressional seats attended. The candidates made brief comments and answered some questions. The rally was moderated by Teller County Commissioner Dave Paul.

For the Democrats, the biggest contested seat involves the party’s nominee for the District Five congressional seat. That race features a showdown between Misty Plowright and Donald Martinez. The winner will challenge the victor of the Republican contest.

Without question, the biggest race involves the fight for the Colorado’s U.S. Senate positon, currently held by Bennet. In fact, national political observers believe the ultimate winner of this seat in the general election could determine whether the Republicans maintain control of this body. Already, this contest has featured a bombardment of highly controversial television ads, with the price tag for campaigning expected to hit all-time records.

The general election, which will culminate with the presidential contest and a spree of ballot issues, is scheduled for Nov. 8.
For the primary election, 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. Monday was the last deadline to request a mail ballot.

For more information, call 719-689-2951.