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Candidates line up for county races


Eight candidates are seeking two open El Paso County Commission seats up for grabs because term limits prevent the two incumbents — District 5 Commissioner Peggy Littleton and Commission President Darryl Glenn (District 1) — from running.

In the northern District 1: Republicans include Holly Williams, former public trustee and wife of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who’s raised $5,765; Ann Howe, a defense contractor who formerly held a state House seat in New Hampshire, $2,245; Calandra Vargas, who’s worked on political campaigns and as an aide in the state capitol; and Chris Whitney, an Air Force veteran and businessman. Vargas and Whitney have not yet filed campaign finance reports.

In District 5, which covers most of the city: Republicans include Camille Bremer, who works at Penrose Cancer Center and is the wife of former county GOP party chair Eli Bremer, $3,050 raised, plus $15,500 in loans from the candidate; and Vicki Tonkins, a trainer for ComPsych Corp., $4,189, which includes a $3,000 loan from herself.

Also running are Democrats Kari Frederick, who runs a bed and breakfast, and Realtor Cynthia Pulham. Neither has yet filed campaign finance reports.

The sheriff’s race has drawn two Republicans, incumbent Bill Elder, $13,945, and retired Air Force officer colonel Michael Angley, $7,400, of which $4,250 is a loan from himself.

Deputy Coroner Leon Kelly is seeking the coroner post. Three other races have unopposed incumbents running: Assessor Steve Schleiker, Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman and Treasurer Mark Lowderman. All have minimal funds on hand.

Editor's note: This story has been updated after Democrat Robert Force withdrew his candidacy.

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