Latest 2020 News
- An Amended Call For the El Paso County Republican Assembly and Convention is PublishedThe El Paso County Party has published the Amended Call … Read more
- News FLASHThe unofficial date for the El Paso County Republican Assembly … Read more
- Important Election DatesPresidential Primary Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 El Paso Count Republican … Read more
- NOTICE – GUIDANCE FOR ASSEMBLY AND NOMINATIONS FOR CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3
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 Executive Committee Approved Amended Emergency Bylaws Amendments Today
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.
- An Amended Call For the El Paso County Republican Assembly and Convention is Published
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 on 17 March 20 and CANCELED 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.
- Proposed Emergency State Bylaw Amendments and Call for State Central Committee Meeting
The State GOP Central Committee will meet on 20 March at Noon at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows. The Central Committee will approve the proposed Emergency Bylaw changes.
- What to Expect at County Assembly
If you are new to the County Assembly process, you may not know what to expect. This year the County Assembly is scheduled for 28 March 2020 at Sand Creek High School. The El Paso Republican Party has apportioned 1489 Delegates and 1489 Alternate Delegates over all of the 291 Precincts in El Paso County. The apportionment depended on the number of active republican voters in your precinct, but every precinct was given at least two delegates and two alternate delegates.
The Assembly will begin at 9 am, but expect to get there early so that you can be signed in to the Assembly. The El Paso County Party will form a credentialing Committee to ensure all delegates are authorized to participate according to the County Bylaws. If the credentialing committee disqualifies a delegate, or if a delegate is not present, alternates will be elevated to Delegate status at that time. Until then, the alternate delegates are generally segregated to a separate room.
After credentialing is done, the credentialing committee will make an official credentials report. The general assembly will hear the report and offer any amendments. When the amendment process is complete, the general assembly will vote on the adoption of the credentialing report. Generally these votes are made by voice, but in the case of close vote, a count may be taken.
Next the general assembly will move on to the process of ratifying the newly elected Central Committee Members. These include the new precinct leaders voted into office at their respective precinct caucuses.
After the ratification of the new Central Committee member is complete, the general assembly will move to elect 567 delegates and alternates to the State Assembly. This process will be similar the ratification process for the new Central Committee Members. After the delegates are selected, the general assembly may make time for the politicians looking for access to the primary ballot to give speeches. The speeches are generally limited to a few minutes each. Finally, the general assembly will hear any resolutions or any other business that the members may propose.
After the general assembly has conducted its business, delegates will break up into their respective House and Senate Districts to conduct business important to their respective districts. This is arguably the most important thing the delegates will do during assembly. Generally, the House District meetings occur first with the Senate and County Commissioner District meetings occurring later in the day. The general assembly attempts to deconflict all of the meetings so that delegates can move between meetings and make their votes.
After the breakout meetings, votes for the House Districts, Senate Districts, and County Commissioner Districts will occur. The general assembly will meet one last time to conclude the County Assembly. The Teller committee will provide vote counts. The General Assembly will conduct any new business important to the Assembly.
The County Assembly is a long, but interesting day. If you are interested in local politics, the County Assembly is the place to be.
- Precinct Mapper Now Includes More Information
The Precinct Mapper found at epcrg.com/precinct-maps/ now includes the party affiliation for all registered active voters in the precinct. To find the information, all you need to do is search the address you are interested in and then click on the precinct drawn around the address. A pop-up will appear with all of the precinct’s information.
- Republican Active Voters by State Senate and House District
The El Paso County Republican Party released Republican active voter counts for each of the El Paso County precincts. We summed them up for you and are releasing them here. As for the individual numbers, you can find them on the precincts map. The count for the entire county is 155,006 active voters.
We will include our own analysis about the voter counts in a separate post. Our analysis will include the number of active Democrats and Independents as well. If you would like to conduct your own analysis, you can purchase the same data set that we use from the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder by sending an email to the El Paso County Election Department. The cost of the data is$25 with some administrative fees associated with the delivery method you choose.
State House District Active Republican Voters
House District Active Republican Voters 14 26248 15 19869 16 19255 17 7989 18 13248 19 35290 20 21626 21 11481
State Senate District Active Republican Voters
Senate District Active Republican Voters 2 11753 9 57417 10 37136 11 17336 12 31364
- Presidential Primary Voter Turnout in El Paso County
Voter turnout in El Paso county looks to be on par with the 2018 voter turn out. According to the Magellan Strategies Colorado Ballots Returned Demographic Report released on 24 Feb 2020, Republican voters in El Paso County are leading the charge in returning primary ballots. El Paso County accounted for 45,276 out of the 247, 202 Republican ballots returned so far, and are, by percentage, up almost a full point over the previous voter turn out. You can expect the numbers to change. Magellan Strategies expects a flurry of ballots over the next week as last-minute voters turn in their ballots. I know this voter’s ballot will be included in those last minute votes.
A copy of the Ballots Returned Demographic Report can be download here.
- How to Read Your Precinct Information
When you show up at caucus this year, you’ll get your precinct number. If you are not familiar with the format, you’ll have a tough time understanding what it means. The precinct number will contain 10 digits and will give you information about your Congressional District, State Senate District, State House District, County Code, and then finally your Precinct Number. I will use my precinct number to illustrate how to read it.
My precinct number is: 5121821724. That number is broken down in the following way:
The first digit is my Congressional District: 5
The second and third digits are my State Senate District : 12
The fourth and fifth digits are my State House District: 18
The sixth and seventh digits are my County Code: 21
The eight, ninth and tenth digits are my Precinct Code: 724
All precinct numbers are formatted in the same order. It is something that confused me when I first attended the caucus since I knew my precinct number was 724, but I was given a 10 digit number when I walked in. I hope this primer helps you out.
- Recent Updates Have Called Into Question the Accuracy of the Precinct Caucus Information Released by the EPC GOP
The EPC GOP has released three official lists of locations for the precinct caucus locations and one unofficial list that is not released. According to the EPC GOP website, the latest update for the Caucus occurred on 12 Feb 2020, but if you check the State’s Caucus registration site for Precincts 172, 173, 174, 178, 179, 180, 181, 185, 186, 188, and 197 they all show different information than what is listed on the EPC GOP’s list. This mistake calls into question the accuracy of any of the data released by EPC GOP.
We have updated our list as much as possible, but due to the differences between the EPC GOP information and the State GOP’s information, there is no way to be sure what data is definitive. We suggest that you call the EPC GOP and demand that they correct their information on their website to match the State GOP’s website.
- EPC GOP Email Originally Released 15 Feb 2020
A Message from EPCRG about this Email.
This email contains the County, State, Judicial Delegate distribution. For whatever reason the party tacked it on the bottom of the email as a screenshot without any explanation. It’s hard to read, and quite frankly a little cryptic. Anyway, if you read through it, you can divine how the party apportioned the delegates across the precincts. Something to note: Precincts 99, 123, 207, 215, 216, 222, 225, 228, 229, 248, 249, 250, 636, 639, 645, 646, 720, 724 are all either new this year, or have been divided to allow for the addition of a new precinct. You can see the new precincts on our map application. Just enter the precinct number that you are interested in and the map will draw it for you.
Contents of the EPC GOP Email:
YOU are the life of the Party.
Below is a link to the official call for the County Assembly and all other relevant documents pertaining to the Assembly. This is an important step for our County Party leading up to the March 7 Caucus. All information about Caucus is on our website, as is a link to a training video. If you would like to attend a training session in person, here are some dates and locations:
Monday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m.;
Saturday, Feb. 29, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and
Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. at GOP Headquarters,
5145 Centennial Blvd., Set. 101.
Training is also available at the meeting of the Fountain Republican Club on Monday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Fountain IHOP.
Thank you for the life you put into our Party!
Chair, El Paso County Republican Party
The following link will download the Official Call for County Assembly.
- Get Registered Today!
Today is the last day to register as a Republican and attend the caucus. Please go and register at the Secretary of State’s website.
- More Wrong Data From Your County Party
This is false! You have until the 14th of Feb 2020 to register as a Republican and still participate in the Caucus. Please register and come out to Caucus. Go here for the rules from the Secretary of State.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, you can register as late as the 22 of Feb 2020.
- Does Caucus Speak for the People or the Party?
The El Paso County Republican Assembly is coming up on 28 March 2020. The party will hold the assembly at, well, who knows where since the Count Party hasn’t posted the location on any of their social media sites. Sure, if you were lucky enough to attend an internal caucus training event, when a question was asked about where the assembly will take place, you might know, but if not, you’re out of luck.
When the county assembly meets, the delegates elected at the caucus occurring on 7 March 2020 will, among other things, designate county party candidates for the primary ballot. If the EPC GOP screws up the caucus or the assembly — which is a real possibility at this point — the party opens candidates up to a challenge for their legitimacy as a Republican designated candidate. If that happens, in many cases that will leave just a democrat running for election. That is of course if the Republican candidate did not chose to run a petition to access the primary ballot as well.
Caucus is the Life of the Party
If you ask the party’s faithful, a candidate that goes through caucus for the designation to the primary ballot gains the support of the core of the party. Those that chose to petition are just afraid that they are weak candidates. The caucus is a rite of passage that assures the party designates the candidate that most closely supports the will of the people that they’d represent.
I see the caucus as the party’s strength. As the soul of the local party. I concoct excuses for the lack of participation as the just a fact of life that does not affect the quality of the delegates selected to represent me at the county and higher assemblies. However, today I talked to someone that had a perspective that did not allow for my excuses for the low turn out. Although not directly, they challenged my idea that the quality of the delegates was not compromised by that same low caucus turn out. Their point was the few who attend a poorly attended caucus do not represent the will of the people in their precinct; they represent the exact opposite. They are the highly partisan few.
Petitions are the Will of the People
The petition on the other hand, they argued, forces a campaign to directly contact thousands or more of the people that the politician intends to represent. Unlike the two hours or so that a caucus lasts, petitioners must spend weeks of their time contacting voters. This ensures the candidate gains a large and more representative group of supporters for his or her designation.
The petition is also immune to the county party’s office politics. A well run petition campaign remains directly in the hands of the candidate running the petition. In a way, it is a preview of the candidate’s abilities to manage people and an office. The campaign manages the process in a way that suit their needs without worry of another agency invalidating their efforts. However, In the case of the County Party running assembly, there is always a risk that a designation is challenged due to a poorly run assembly process. It has to be a scary thought to a candidate choosing to gain the party’s designation to see little visible work done by the county party. Especially after witnessing the chaotic vote that elected the current party’s chair.
I have not changed my mind about the caucus; I still believe it is the soul of the party. But that’s it, the caucus is the soul of the party — not the will of the people. It cannot be the will of the people, if the people are unwilling to participate. The caucus will always remain important for the party to gain and maintain people to edit bylaws, run office issues, and other internal things. However, as long as the the party does not reach out to the people outside of its own email box to gain caucus participation, the caucus will remain a place for the highly involved to remain highly involved and the petition will — without the party — speak for the people.
- Trump is On the Way!
President Trump will hold a rally at the Broadmoor World Arena on 20 Feb 2020 at 5 pm! Mark your calendars.
- Is It Really That Important?
- Candidates with Approved Petitions
This post will update whenever a new candidate has an approved petition for the purposes of gaining access to the primary ballot in June or news pertinent to petitions becomes available. Latest Update: 6 Feb 20.
To find out the rules for petitioning for office, you can see the Secretary of State’s website.
- The Secrecy of the EPC GOP Illustrated in a Training Event
Last night I attended the
volunteer trainingNDA signing event with the EPC GOP. The event illustrated the EPC GOP’s continued priority of secrecy above all else. As for the actual content of the training, i’d say it was sparse and something that was better suited for a web based slide show. This is especially true, for those people that had to drive close to an hour to get to the training. The quality of the presentation of the training material was far worse. The instructors spent mere minutes on actual content and mostly rambled off-topic about things like decorating the White House. The event’s real focus was to ensure that each and everyone signed an NDA. For those of you keeping count out there, this is the fifth NDA that the EPC GOP has asked me to sign.
Vickie Tonkins opened the meeting with a speech about how good the new website looks and asked a couple of ‘did you know’ questions. Only a couple of dozen hands went up. It was not that shocking about how few actually knew the details of things like the caucus. After all, the party had just released the first mentions of the caucus a couple of days ago.
After her speech, Vickie was sure to make sure everyone signed an NDA and to be clear that the NDA was so secret it could not even leave the building. I was not handed a form in the beginning of the event, so I had to wait until the end to sign. The NDA signing was so important to the EPC GOP, that they even posted the signing to their Facebook page #LeadRight.
Dress Right, Dress
The first speaker’s topic was the dress code for volunteers. But after approximately eight minutes of rambling about random topics, she took 30 seconds to talk about the dress code. After which she began to ramble on about more random topics. Mostly about confidentially and how the names and phone numbers of voters are so secret they cannot be released to Democrats. She said she was willing to give you 5k names of people in your precinct, but the names and phone numbers are “pretty confidential.” A quick search of the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder website shows that the following voter information is public and therefore not secret.
- Full name
- Residential address
- Party affiliation
- Date of affiliation
- Phone number (if the voter provides)
- Gender Identity (if the voter provides)
- Birth year
- Vote history of elections voter has participated in
The final speaker of the night was Christian, a paid employee from the Trump campaign. His training was the most substantive. His topics included, how to take photos in a half-filled room, what Twitter accounts to follow, and finally what Hashtag to use for social media posts. He also confirmed that the party will use Campaign Sidekick for their door knocking campaigns, but he offered no training on the application itself. During his training someone asked if their would be scripts to use during door knocking campaigns. Christian answered that the Campaign Sidekick app would give that to you. After an hour, the training event was essential over.
I was handed an NDA package just before I left the training room. As I left the room, I passed Vickie. She immediately asked for the NDA package. I told her that I was going to the reception area to sign it. She scolded me that the NDA could not leave the building. I stopped at the reception desk, fittingly under a cardboard cutout of President Trump, and signed the NDA.
I Didn’t Mean THAT Social Media
As I walked up to throw my NDA on the stack of signed copies, Christian asked to talk to me in private. What followed was the most stark example of secrecy in the Republican party I can provide.
Once we were in a quiet corner of the HQ building he asked if I was video recording the training. I was, I answered. He asked if I was going to release the recording. I answered maybe. He stated that his face is so secret that I could not allow it to be exposed on the Internet. I did not reply to him after he made that ridiculous demand, I just smirked and started to walk away. I had enough. As I walked away, he was sure to tell me that he will not ask me back. So I suppose the secret is out, I will not be a volunteer at the next Trump rally.
It is so ridiculous that this party believes in so much secrecy. The default setting of the party is to exclude those that they even think pose a threat to their tight control on data. It is silly and counterproductive to a party especially in Colorado, that needs to be a ‘big tent party.’ We must begin to embrace openness.
- Bob Gardner is Circulating his Petition
- Precinct Pages are Live!
How to find your local precinct on EPCRG.COM
We have created new pages for each of the precincts in El Paso County. You can find the precincts here. The precinct pages include caucus information and directions to your local precinct caucus.
If you are precinct member, and would like to administer your page, send us a message and we’ll get you set up with an account.
- Unite and Fight for the Right!
Conservatives want to know their candidates for elected office. They want unfiltered information straight from the candidates themselves. But with so many offices and so many candidates using their own websites and social media that it is tough to keep them organized and updated. Enter Unite and Fight for the Right!.
Donna Windholtz and another friend, whom prefers to work behind the scenes, created the Facebook page, Unite and Fight for the Right!. They spend their time searching the internet to gather websites and social media pages for every conservative running for office in the State of Colorado. Once they know about a candidate for office, they create a post organized by municipal to national offices.
The page has been running since 27 Jan 2020 and has already captured most of the candidates for office in Colorado. Windholz originally started the page after the Colorado Freedom Force threatened to blocked her from posting support for a Republican on their Facebook page. They told Windholz that they did not represent Republican and to start her own page. “Unite and Fight for the Right!” was born from that interaction. Shortly after she built the page, she noticed the Colorado Freedom Force had built a similar page. When she confronted them about it, they blocked her.
According to their mission statement found on their page, Unite and Fight for the Right, is dedicated to elevating Colorado Republican candidates. Like the Colorado Republican party, they will not endorse any candidate before the primary.
As the election season presses on and conservatives looks for sources of information, Unite and Fight for the Right! will become an important source of raw information about candidates around Colorado.
- The El Paso County Republican Party Fails El Paso County
There is one reason for the loss of registered Republican voters in El Paso County, Colorado. That reason is the El Paso County Republican Party (EPC GOP) itself. To a person watching from outside of the party trying to put their finger on what the reason for failure is, it would look like the party’s chaos at the chairman’s position is to blame. After all, the party has gone through three Chairman in the last year. But that observation is little more than a symptom of a greater problem in the party. The party is failing because it lacks a strategic plan that serves the Republican voters in El Paso County, Colorado.
No one in the party knows the party’s plan; not even the party’s leadership itself. Without a clear plan approved by a majority of the Republican voters that the EPC GOP supports, they cannot gain momentum heading into the election season. The EPC GOP actions are chaotic and uncoordinated, even between people in the chairman’s position and the communication position. In a telephone call to Wendy Miller, the Vice-Chairman of the EPC GOP, she stated the sole plan of the party is to gain precinct leaders. However, if you examine the EPC GOP website and the social media channels, you will see no mention of a need for precinct leaders. Clearly, the plan that Wendy talked about was not communicated to the social media appointee.
Vickie Tonkins, the Chairman of the EPC GOP, recently laid out a different plan than Wendy Miller. In Vickie’s plan, that she spoke about during a recent speech, the party would begin to share data with volunteers and the public. Again, however, when you look at the amount of data available publicly, you can see the information is slow in coming and late to need. Even precinct leaders are looking outside of the party for the demographic information they so desperately need to do their job in their assigned precincts.
The EPC GOP Central Committee has not coalesced on a single strategic plan. The lack of a plan has allowed for the formation of groups competing with each other for control. This internal competition has led to chaos at the chairman’s position. Tamra Farah resigned her chairmanship over the summer citing, “…opposition to my chairmanship within our central committee .” Her resignation is a symptom, not a cause of the problem in the EPC GOP.
With Farah’s resignation on 28 August 2019, the party became rudderless. Without a strategic plan in place, the party could not continue to operate. As the party floundered, news organizations around Colorado wrote story after story about chaos in the party. Even the election of Vickie Tonkins illustrated the problem when the party could not even properly hold an election for their own chair. It was chaotic, because the party did not have a strategic plan to keep it going with the loss of Farah. The party lost it vision when she left.
The party’s plan must be larger than the chairman of the day. Our elected chairman must execute the plan, not design it. In order for the party to flourish, the party must build a strategic plan that is released to the Republican voters in El Paso County, Colorado. That plan must also have the support of the EPC GOP Central Committee. Without such a plan, the party will continue to flounder and El Paso County will continue to lose registered Republican voters.
- The El Paso County Republican Party Refuses to Support Republicans in El Paso County
The El Paso County Republican Party continues to refuse to support any Republican for elected office in El Paso County Colorado. Sure, the party is quick to like a social media post about President Trump’s re-election campaign or maybe send a tweet bashing a Democrat, but outside of those superficial actions, the EPC GOP does nothing to support Republicans in El Paso County.
I can hear a chorus of people right now saying I need to prove my statement. Others can be heard shouting that you cannot prove a negative. In other words, even if I laid out mountains and mountains of evidence showing how the EPC GOP does not support EPC Republicans, there is always a chance the party is doing something that I cannot see or know about. To both of those people I would say, you’re correct.
You are right that I should prove a provocative statement like the EPC GOP is not doing anything to support EPC Republicans. To prove that statement I would say look at their website. Try and find a single post about a candidate’s event. Did you find one? No, no you did not. I would also point out that the party does not update their Facebook page with useful information about any current candidate for an El Paso County Elected Office. Not a single post.
If it is not enough to say the party’s silence on the internet is proof positive that they do not want to support EPC Republicans, let us look at how they treat the caucus and assemblies. Of the declared candidates, only six have approved petitions to attempt to petition for the primary ballot in June. That leaves the overwhelming majority of the candidates to the caucus and assembly system. But as of today, the EPC GOP has not even taken steps to update the caucus.cologop.org website with precinct caucus locations.
They are simply not doing their job. Not on the Internet, not on social media, and not even with coordination with the state party. The only official update on the caucus is in the form of a static website found here. The page says more information will come about a month out from the caucus., but as of today it contains a total of two sentences and a link to a pdf about the caucus. The party just does not care to update the public about what is arguably the most important events for the party to get right.
As for proving a negative. I’m sure it is possible the party it doing something in the background that is having a major impact for EPC Republican candidates. But really if they were taking some actions like that, regular old voters like me would hear about it. I have not. And my ignorance is not for the lack of trying. I search the internet everyday looking for updates about important events in EPC, I call and talk to people close to the party, and attend non-EPC GOP sanctioned meetings and gatherings. In almost all cases, I find and talk to people that make the same claim that the EPC GOP is not informing them of important Republican information. Although I cannot rule out some secret plan that is in place to update people on EPC GOP events, I can confirm that if it is in place, it is ineffective.
The county party must step up and do their basic job. They cannot rely on voters to go out of their way just to participate. Primary voting will happen with or without the party. It would be better if the party actually supported those primaries. To use their own words, “Get Involved.”
- Gordon Klingenschmitt Makes His Case for County Commissioner District 2
On Thursday night’s Republican Meet up, Gordon Klingenschmitt attempted to make his case for the Republican nomination as the County Commissioner for District 2 in El Paso County Colorado. His pitch was centered on his religious activism and his history of winning other elections. Although it is not clear if Klingenschmitt will attempt to petition onto the primary ballot or not, he did not conduct a petition signature drive at the meeting. The El Paso County Republican Guide has reached out to the El Paso County Election Department Director to verify that a petition was not approved, but our call was not returned before this story was published.
- Larry Liston has Started a Petition Drive for Senate District 10
House District 16 Representative, Larry Liston, has begun a petition drive for access to the Colorado Republican primary scheduled for 30 Jun 2020. He is giving up his seat as the HD 16 Representative, and making a run for Senate District 10. The person running the petition at the Republican Meetup last night could not confirm if Larry was also going to attempt to gain the party’s nomination through the convention; although they assumed that to be true.
- Primary Election Petitions Begin Today
Today is the day that candidates can begin to circulate petitions to gain access to the Republican primary election ballot. The primary will occur 30 June 2020. Candidates have until 17 March 2020 to gather the required signatures and turn their petitions into the Secretary of State for signature verification.
Candidates also have the option of gaining the party’s nomination through the county, congressional and state assembly process. They are required to turn their petitions into the Secretary of State prior to the assemblies forcing those candidates to make a decision on petitioning the ballot before they know their outcomes in their respective assemblies.
As of 21 January 2020, Doug Lamborn is the only candidate publicly circulating a petition, although three other candidates have approved petitions.
Candidates With Approved Petitions:
- Doug Lamborn Has Begun a Petition Drive for His Candidacy
Starting 21 Jan 2020, Doug Lamborn began his petition drive for his candidacy for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. Doug is the incumbent and only Republican running for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District.
- The Caucus Pre-Registration Website is Live
El Paso County Republicans can now pre-register for their precinct caucus at caucus.cologop.org. Although you can pre-register, the website will not tell you the location of the caucus, because the El Paso County party has not updated the site with that information. You’ll have to check back later to actually find your caucus location.
The website is not secured, so use an internet access point that you trust enough with your email and home address information. We will update this post if the State Party secures the link to the website. Until then, use at your own risk.
I hope to see everyone at the precinct caucus!
The US President Candidates:
- Candidate for President of the United States — Bill Weld (R)
Bill Weld is a candidate for the President of the United States. His campaign website can be found here.
- Candidate for President of the United States — Donald J. Trump (R)
Donald J. Trump is a candidate for the President of the United States. His campaign website can be found here. Donald is the incumbent.
His Vice President is:
- Candidate for President of the United States — Matthew John Matern (R)
Matthew Matern is a candidate for the President of the United States. His campaign website can be found here.
- Candidate for President of the United States — Robert Ardini (R)
Robert Ardini is a candidate for the President of the United States. His campaign website can be found here.
- Candidate for President of the United States — Zoltan G. Istvan (R)
Zoltan G. Istvan is a candidate for the President of the United States. His campaign website can be found here.
The US Senate Candidates:
- Candidate for U.S. Senator — Cory Gardner (R)
Cory Garnder is a candidate for U.S. Senator. His campaign website can be found here. Cory is the incumbent U.S. Senator.
- Candidate for U.S. Senator — Margot Dupre (R)
Margot Dupre is a candidate for U.S. Senator. Her campaign Facebook page can be found here.
The US House of Representatives Candidates:
- Candidate for U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District — Doug Lamborn (R)
Doug Lamborn is a candidate for U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. His campaign’s website can be found here. Doug is the incumbent for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District.
Doug begin a petition for his candidacy on 21 Jan 2020. His petition is due to the state by 17 March 2020. He also intends on gaining the party’s nomination through the convention process. If you’d like to support Doug and are a registered Republican over the age of 18 residing in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, see Cassandra Sebastian to sign his petition.
The State Senate Candidates
- Candidate for State Senate District 10 — Larry Liston (R)
- Candidate for State Senate District 12 — Bob Gardner (R)
Bob Gardner is a candidate for State Senate District 12. His campaign website can be found here. Bob is the incumbent for State Senate District 12.
The State House Candidates:
- Candidate for State House District 14 — Shane Sandridge (R)
Shane Sandridge is a candidate for State House District 14. His campaign website can be found here. Shane is the incumbent for State House District 14.
- Candidate for State House District 15 — Dave Williams (R)
Dave Williams is a candidate for State House District 15. His campaign website can be found here. Dave is the incumbent for House District 15.
- Candidate for State House District 16 — Andres Pico (R)
Andres Pico is a candidate for State House District 16. His campaign website can be found here.
- Candidate for State House District 17 — Robert Blancken (R)
Robert Blanken is a candidate for State House District 17. His campaign website can be found here.
- Candidate for State House District 18 — George Rapko (R)
George Rapko is a candidate for State House District 18. His campaign website can be found here.
- Candidate for State House District 19 — Tim Geitner (R)
Tim Geitner is a candidate for State House District 19. His campaign website can be found here. Tim is the incumbent for State House District 19.
- Candidate for State House District 20 — Terri Carver (R)
Terri Carver is a candidate for State House District 20. Her campaign website can be found here. Terri is the incumbent for State House 20.
- Candidate for State House District 21 — Mary Bradfield (R)
Mary Bradfield is a candidate for State House District 21. Her campaign website can be found here.
The County Commissioner Candidates
- Candidate for County Commissioner District 2 — Carrie Geitner (R)
Carrie Geitner is a candidate for County Commissioner District 2. Her campaign website can be found here.
- Candidate for County Commissioner District 3 — Stan VanderWerf (R)
Stan VanderWerf is a candidate for County Commissioner District 3. His campaign website can be found here. Stan is the incumbent for County Commissioner District 3.
- Candidate for County Commissioner District 4 — Longinos Gonzalez, Jr. (R)
Longinos Gonzalez, Jr. is a candidate for County Commissioner District 4. His campaign website can be found here. Longinos is the incumbent for County Commissioner District 4.
District Attorney Candidates:
- Candidate for District Attorney 4th Judicial District — Mark Waller (R)
- Candidate for District Attorney 4th Judicial District — Michael Allen (R)
Michael Allen is a candidate for District Attorney 4th Judicial District. His campaign website can be found here.