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Beeson will be on recall ballot

Donna GrayGlenwood Springs correspondent
Martin Beeson will be on the Dec. 13 recall ballot as a candidate for district attorney.
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Martin Beeson’s name will appear on the Dec. 13 ballot in which voters will be asked if they want to recall his former boss, District Attorney Colleen Truden.On Friday, the Colorado secretary of state’s office announced that it accepted 34 more signatures the former deputy district attorney submitted on a petition to become a candidate. As a result, Beeson’s petition now contains 1,015 valid signatures of eligible electors, 15 more than he needed.Originally, the office rejected 262 signatures out of the 1,243 that Beeson submitted. An appeal by Beeson won him the 34 more.

“Obviously I’m very pleased,” Beeson said. “I owe a great debt of gratitude to the many volunteers who pounded the pavement and knocked on doors. Without them I couldn’t have done this.”He now has three weeks until the election to campaign for the vote.”It will be a short campaign, but intense,” Beeson said. “My plan is to make as many direct contacts with voters as possible in the short time we have to do this. I’ll be out on the streets again knocking on doors and urging people to get out and vote on Dec. 13.”

Chip McCrory, a former assistant district attorney under Milt Blakey, is also running as a write-in candidate. His name will not appear on the ballot, however.He was unable to gather the 1,000 signatures by the Nov. 1 deadline. He has filled out and submitted an application for write-in status.The challenge for McCrory now is to make sure people know his name on the Dec. 13 ballot.

“Obviously I’m somewhat hopeful they’ll go in there with my name [in mind] as a write-in candidate,” he said.McCrory said his campaign will be grassroots and will include placing advertisements in local newspapers and “talking to folks.” Beyond that, “going door to door, I’m not sure how productive that would be.”


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