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Major party caucuses to be held March 6

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Election season kicks off in March with Republican and Democratic caucuses. - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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On March 6, Republican and Democratic party faithful will meet at sites across the state to choose delegates who will help determine what names appear on the June 26 primary ballots in county and state races. They’ll also help draft party positions on major issues.

Those delegates will then attend party assemblies to choose those candidates. (Candidates also may petition onto the ballot by collecting signatures from within the district they hope to represent.)

There’s competition in some El Paso County races. In the northern county commission District 1, Republican candidates are Ann Howe, Calandra Vargas, Chris Whitney and Holly Williams. No Democrats are running.

Seeking the GOP nomination in District 5, which covers most of Colorado Springs, are Anna Bremer and Vickie Tonkins. Democratic candidates are Kari Frederick and Cynthia Pulham.

Only two Republicans — incumbent Bill Elder and Michael Angley — are seeking the nomination for sheriff.

No Democrats have filed for the other county offices, leaving three incumbents to seek re-election unopposed: Assessor Steve Schleiker, Treasurer Mark Lowderman, and Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. Also, Deputy Coroner Dr. Leon Kelly, a Republican, is the sole candidate to succeed his boss, Dr. Robert Bux, who will retire after this term.

Besides those offices, delegates also will be chosen at caucuses to vote at the assemblies on state House races.

Contested races for a primary slot in the county’s state legislative districts are: Republicans Dave Williams and Karl Schneider in HD 15; Republicans Donald Howbert and Jillian Likness in HD 18; Democrats Terry Martinez and Marc Snyder in HD 18; Republicans Raymond Garcia and Lois Landgraf in HD 21; Republicans Dennis Hisey and Stephanie Luck in Senate District 2.

The county assemblies will be held on March 24 for Republicans and March 31 for Democrats — both at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Candidates must receive at least 30 percent of the delegate vote to advance to the primary, or if they receive at least 10 percent, they are entitled to petition onto the ballot by collecting signatures from voters.

Also at the assemblies, delegates will be chosen for congressional district assemblies and state assemblies.

One of the hottest congressional races in the state has four Republicans vying to unseat Rep. Doug Lamborn. They are El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who recently turned in signatures to appear on the ballot; State Sen. Owen Hill; retired Texas judge Bill Rhea; and former Green Mountain Falls Mayor Tyler Stevens. On the Democratic side, Stephany Rose Spaulding, Betty Field and Lori Furstenberg are running.

To participate in caucuses, you must have been registered as a Republican or Democrat since Jan. 8, and have lived in your precinct since Feb. 5. Unsure of your status? Click on “Find my registration” at govotecolorado.com.

For Democratic precincts sites: coloradodems.org/caucus-locations. For Republican precinct sites: caucus.cologop.org.

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