Robert Blanken is a candidate for State House District 17. His campaign website can be found here.
George Rapko is a candidate for State House District 18. His campaign website can be found here.
The House District Secretary posted a confusing Facebook post about the expected upcoming House District 18 Assembly. In the post, the House District 18 Secretary, Charity Munoz, stated in reference to House District 18 voting, “House District 18 had a few people saying that they wanted to step up to the plate and run in this district, but no one did. Therefore, there is no voting for HD18.” The comment is confusing because the beginning of the post said, “…you will be notified of voting and processes about the Assemblies through your email.” An email was sent to the House District Chair, Andy Colon, requesting a status update with no response.
It is definitely a confusing time with the COVID-19 restrictions in place. We should expect some significant changes to the Assembly process. But with all the uncertainty, the party should be communicating more with the caucus rather than less. It is unacceptable to think that a quick message posted to the El Paso County Party’s website is unavailable to the House District. Otherwise, what is the point of the website if it is not to inform the caucus of significant changes to procedure?
The EPC GOP has released the 2020 resolutions. In a less strange time, each House District would have voted these resolution up to the County party. In times like these, we cannot be sure how this list of resolutions was compiled. No one knows who chose the resolutions that made it to the county’s list.
What we do know is the list contains 46 resolutions. Major concerns of the caucus continues to be voting, immigration, education, abortion, healthcare, and second amendment. Each of those areas received at least three proposed resolutions.
Voting was a priority. Of the 6 resolutions related to voting 2 had to deal with the keeping the Electoral College. It is an important concept that Republicans back passionately.
An interesting category, even if it did not get many resolutions, is the caucus. Two resolutions were presented. One for the caucus and one against the caucus. It’s not clear what the thoughts of registered Republicans are on the caucus, but declining participation is starting to take its toll on the caucus and assembly process.
These resolutions are up for ratification on 28 March 2020 at the County Assembly. It will be interesting to watch if both caucus resolutions are passed; simultaneously making a case for and against the caucus system.
The Chairman for House District 15, Brad Collins, has sent an email informing the Delegates, Alternates, and the Officers in House District 15 the procedures for nominating a candidate for House District 15.
The House District 15 Assembly is scheduled for 28 March 2020 at 8:30 am. The chair has opened nominations beginning at 9 am on 21 March 2020 for candidates to be designated to the ballot for House District Representative, House District 15. The nominations will close at 3:00 pm on 21 March 2020.
Nominations must be sent to Brad Collins, Chairman; Kim Koller, Vice-Chairman; and Vickie Broerman, Secretary. Their emails can be found on the email transmitted by Brad Collins. If you require an unredacted copy of the email, you can request one through us at HD15@rapko.com
The Chairman for State Senate District 12, Donald J. Alberts, has sent an email informing the Delegates, Alternates, and the Officers in State Senate District 12 the procedures for nominating a candidate for State Senate 12.
The State Senate District 12 Assembly is scheduled for 28 March 2020 at 8:30 am. The chair has opened nominations beginning immediately for candidates to be designated to the ballot for State Senator, Senate District 12. These nominations will close at 5:00PM on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Nominations must be sent to Donald J. Alberts, Chairman and Linda Coats, Secretary. Their emails can be found on the email transmitted by Donald J. Alberts. If you require an unredacted copy of the email, you can request one through us at SD12@rapko.com
The Chairman for County Commissioner District 3, Jim Bensberg, has sent an email informing the Delegates, Alternates, and the Officers in District 3 what the next steps to get to the Assembly are.
He has tentatively set 26 March 2020 for a electronic Assembly. The chair will open the Assembly for Nominations for Candidate for El Paso County Commissioner, District 3, at noon, Saturday, 21 March 2020 and end at noon, Sunday, 22 March 2020.
Nominations and seconds must be sent separately, via email and must be delivered to both the Chair, Jim Bensberg, at and the Vice Chair, Paul Paradis. See the email sent this morning by Jim Bensberg for their email addresses. If you did not receive the email, you can contact us at CCD3@rapko.com and we will provide an unredacted copy of the Chairman’s email.
The State Party at today’s Executive Committee Meeting approved amended emergency bylaw amendments. The State Party changed from the plan to put the bylaw amendments to a vote at the State Central Committee Meeting to approving them at the Executive Meeting. The State Executive Committee chose to take this action in accordance with Governor Polis’ directive, D 2020 005, paragraph B.
The Executive Committee unanimously passed the amended emergency bylaw amendments. The meeting minutes can be found here. Along with the meeting minutes, the state party released an explanatory document to accompany the adopted bylaw amendments.
The El Paso County Party has published the Amended Call for County Assembly.
The EPC GOP will conduct a drive through assembly on 28 March in the parking lot of Radiant Church located at 4020 Maizeland Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. The sequence of events are detailed in the Amended Call for Assembly.
8:30 am – 11:30am: Delegates are expected pick up their packets, vote, and return their vote to the Teller Committee
11:30 am – Noon: The Credentialing committee will elevate the necessary alternates.
Noon – 12:30 pm: The alternates will arrive and credential into the assembly
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: The alternates will pick up their packets, vote, and return their packets.
1:30 pm: The County Assembly will close.
In addition to the assembly, State Representative District 15 and State Senatorial District 12 will occur simultaneously with the County Assembly schedule. The Amended Call does not allow time for that to occur, so we are unsure what that actually means.
If you need directions to the County Assembly, you can find them here on our precinct mapper application. See you at the County Assembly.
The EPC GOP held a private meeting last night, 17 March 20. The agenda and the purpose of the meeting are unknown except we have learned through a couple of leaks that the proxy method was discussed and the County Assembly was CANCELED!
We are getting reports that not all candidates or bonus members were informed about this meeting.
Rober Blanken, the House District 17 Chair sent an email describing the requirements for the State Central Committee Meeting and when the proxy forms are due to the Vickie Tonkins. The Email was sent to 28 people outside of Vickie and Robert.