Primary election races mostly uncontested
August 12, 2008
Voting in Tuesday’s primary election will mostly be a symbolic exercise in participatory democracy for most midvalley and upper valley Democrats and Republicans.
Most races in Pitkin and Eagle counties are uncontested for both parties. The exception is the hard-fought battle for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Eagle County. In that race for the Democratic nomination, Joan Fitz-Gerald, Jared Polis and Will Shafroth are squaring off. (Pitkin County is in the 3rd Congressional District.)
Here’s the rundown of the primary ballots:
– Pitkin County Democrats have Mark Udall running unopposed for the party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate race. Rep. John Salazar is unopposed for his party’s nomination as he attempts a re-election bid in the 3rd Congressional District.
Jill Brake is unopposed in the primary for the State Board of Education seat. State Rep. Kathleen Curry is unopposed in the primary as she tries to retain her seat in Colorado House District 61.
The Democrats failed to field a candidate for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s race.
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– Pitkin County Republicans have two uncontested primaries for federal offices and two for state offices. Bob Schaffer is set for the party nomination in the U.S. Senate race while Wayne Wolf is seeking the nod in the 3rd Congressional District race.
In the state races, Marcia Neal is seeking the Republican nomination in the State Board of Education seat. Martin Beeson is seeking re-election as the 9th Judicial District Attorney.
The Republicans didn’t field a candidate in the House District 61 race.
None of the three Pitkin County commissioner races have contested primaries.
The polling places in Pitkin County for both parties are the Rio Grande Conference Room in Aspen for precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4; the Shultz Health and Human Services Building for precincts 5 and 7; Snowmass Village Town Hall for precinct 6; St. Peter’s of the Valley in Basalt for precincts 8 and 9; and the Church at Redstone for precinct 10.
– The ballot is slightly more interesting for Eagle County Democrats. Fitz-Gerald, Polis and Shafroth are all well-known Democrats trying to earn the party’s nod in the race for the seat Mark Udall is vacating for his Senate bid.
In the race for state offices, Joe Neguse is unopposed in the primary election in a bid for the Regent of University of Colorado seat. Ken Brenner in uncontested in the primary for the Senate District 8 race.
The Democrats didn’t field a candidate in the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s race.
In local races, incumbent Eagle County Commissioner Peter Runyon is uncontested as a Democrat in the District 1 race while Jon Stavney is uncontested as a Democrat in the District 2 race.
– On the Republican side in Eagle County, Scott Starin is uncontested for the party nod in the 2nd Congressional District race.
In state races, Jerry Reed is not facing competition in the primary in the Regent of the University of Colorado seat. Al White is uncontested in the Republican primary for the state Senate District 8 race while incumbent 5th Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert is uncontested in his race.
In the county commissioner races, Republicans Dick Gustafson and Debbie Buckley are uncontested for the party nod in the races for districts 1 and 2, respectively.
The polling places in Eagle County for both parties are the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel for precincts 8, 24 and 25; and Basalt Town Hall for precinct 7.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.