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Local races bypass primaries

Pitkin County’s election season will start with a thud before races finally heat up in the fall.There will be no primary elections for local elected offices in August since no race attracted more than two candidates, according to Bryce Anne Buttermore, elections deputy in the Pitkin County clerk and recorder’s office. Primaries take place in Pitkin County races only when they are necessary to narrow a field of candidates to two for the November election.

Candidates had to file official petitions by June 9 to make it onto the ballot. Two county commissioner races attracted two candidates each, and longtime Sheriff Bob Braudis is facing his first challenge since 1986.In the county commissioners District 1 race, incumbent Patti Clapper is seeking re-election to a third term over challenger Tim Mooney. Since there isn’t a third candidate, Clapper and Mooney automatically advance to the November general election.

Former Commissioner Jim True and current Aspen City Councilwoman Rachel Richards are squaring off in the county commissioner District 2 race. They also advance to November.True and Richards have already avoided one confrontation when they both sought the Democratic Party’s designation for the race. Instead of forcing delegates to the Democratic Party county assembly to vote for one candidate or the other, the assembly compromised and gave both candidates the designation without a vote.



Braudis is seeking his sixth term as sheriff. All terms for elected officials in Pitkin County are for four years. Braudis was unopposed in his last four elections. Aspen community safety officer Rick Magnuson will try to unseat him in November.Two county elected officials are running unopposed. Assessor Tom Isaac is seeking his fifth term. He was opposed in 1990 but has sailed through the last three elections.

County Clerk Janice Vos-Caudill’s first election has turned out to be a nonevent. She was appointed to office in November. No one is challenging her in this election.Buttermore said Pitkin County must still hold a primary election for state issues and races.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com


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