by Pam Zubeck
UPDATE, 7/9: Originally in this post, we reported that Teller County Sheriff Kevin Dougherty had endorsed El Paso County sheriff candidate Jake Shirk. Dougherty has actually endorsed incumbent Terry Maketa. We have made the change below.
We regret the error. For a full apology related to this and another error in our reporting on the sheriff's race, click here.
Republican candidates for El Paso County sheriff are hitting the streets and meeting groups in their quest for the GOP nomination at the August primary, which essentially will cinch the race for one of them.
Although Independent John "Doc" Holiday will be on the November ballot, it's unlikely he would defeat either Sheriff Terry Maketa, seeking a third term, or Jake Shirk, Monument police chief.
Maketa and his supporters have been walking precincts, and volunteers can sign up here to help.
He's also on tap to appear in a parade in Monument Saturday.
Meantime, Shirk will be the guest speaker at the Canon National Bank's Springs Mastermind Group Presentation on July 8 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at 518 N. Chelton Road. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are pleased to present Monument Police Chief Jacob Shirk as our special guest speaker,” David Alley, VP of Cañon National Bank, said in a statement. “We are delighted that he will share his message of providing residents with a safe place to live and work where protection of human life and prevention of crime are paramount.”
Among those who have endorsed Shirk are an array of area law enforcement officials,
including Teller County Sheriff Kevin Dougherty, who can't vote in the race.
“Since space is limited, please RSVP to 632-3526 to reserve your seat and so we can be sure we have room for everyone,” said Chris Foxen, branch manager of Cañon National Bank. “Everyone is invited and we look forward to seeing you there.”