Today’s primary: What voters need to know |

Today’s primary: What voters need to know

Aspen Times writer

Pitkin County voters have important decisions to make today, with several key governmental positions on the ballot in this year’s primary election.Traditionally, summer primary elections are used to determine which candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties will be put on the November ballot. It’s often a party-only affair.Today, however, one race will be determined by the primary ballot, and another race is open to all voters – Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated.

In the race to become district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, Republicans will choose between Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills and municipal Judge Colleen Truden. Because there are no Democratic candidates, that primary will determine who fills the position.If an unaffiliated voter wishes to participate in the Republican or Democratic primary, he can change his affiliation to a party at a polling station today. The voter can then return to unaffiliated status at any time after the primary. An affiliated voter cannot change parties the day of an election, however.The Pitkin County home rule charter allows voters of any political affiliation to vote in primaries for county positions. Therefore in this year’s county commissioner primary for District 3, any registered voter in the county can choose between incumbent Shellie Roy (unaffiliated), Republican William Mohrman and Democrat Michael Owsley.

The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will face off in the November general election.On the Republican primary ballot, voters will choose between Bob Schaffer and Pete Coors for the U.S. Senate. Republicans will also choose between Greg Walcher, Matt Smith, Dan Corsentino, Gregg Rippy and Matt Aljanich in the race for the 3rd Congressional District seat currently held by Scott McInnis.On the Democratic ballot, voters will choose between Mike Miles and Ken Salazar in the race for U.S. Senate. The winner will face either Coors or Schaffer in November. Democrats will also choose between Wally Stealey and Jim Martin for regent of the University of Colorado.

See accompanying table for voting locations. Call the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Office at 925-5180 with any questions.

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