EAGLE COUNTY - Forty-two delegates, 18 alternates, volunteers, families and friends from Eagle County made their way down to Denver to participate in the Republican State Convention and Assemblies April 13-14. The majority of Eagle County participants were new to this process and benefited from the increase in numbers from 2008 when Eagle County only had 28 delegate seats.
April 13 was given to the various districts whose focus was on determining candidates for the November ballot. Judicial District 5 confirmed Scott Turner who will run to replace Mark Hurlbert and the newly formed House District 26 gave the nod to Chuck McConnell who will run to represent Eagle and Routt Counties in the state legislature.
On the Congressional side, which finds Eagle split between Congressional District 2 and Congressional District 3, Rep. Scott Tipton, the incumbent, will run to represent the western edge of Eagle County while Sen. Kevin Lundberg will attempt to unseat Jared Polis in CD2.
The most contested races were between candidates running for delegates to the National Convention in August. Colorado has 36 delegates and 33 alternates allocated for the Tampa convention. Three of those spots are set aside for the state party chair, Ryan Call, and the two national committee persons, Lily Nunez and Mark Hillman.
And those eager to travel to Tampa in August set new records.
April 13, 760 candidates lined up at the seven Congressional District Assemblies to vie for the seats with three delegates and alternates coming form each district. Kaye Ferry, chairman of Eagle County Republicans as well as chairman of Congressional District 2, was elected as an alternate to the Republican National Convention as a Romney delegate.
"It's very exciting to be part of the political process in this extraordinarily important year," Ferry said. "Being in Tampa for this hotly contested race should be a pretty unique experience and as well as a real privilege."
At the convention April 14, there were 859 who pleaded for the remaining 12 delegate and alternate seats that were elected "at large." An Eagle County woman, Heather Smith, a small business owner from Basalt, was elected as an alternate.
"I'm so happy to be a part of this and I take it very seriously," Smith said. "It's an honor to represent Colorado and Mitt Romney."