Vail Daily column: Election wheels are in motion
March 13, 2014
In the past two articles, I covered the caucus system, its history, who may attend, where it's being held and what actually happens when caucuses across the state convene every two years.
Now we'll move to the County Assembly, which also takes place every two years. At this stage of the political process, the major political parties, in this case the Colorado Republican Committee in Greenwood Village, sets the rules.
So, here are some of the basics:
Eagle County Republicans will hold its assembly on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Eagle County Building in Eagle. Delegates and alternates who were elected at the caucus will gather to conduct party business.
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Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Delegates and alternates to the County Assembly will be asked to signify their intent to run as a delegate or alternate to the higher assemblies. The higher assemblies are as follows:
On April 11, Congressional Districts 2 and 3, Senate District 5 and House District 26 will meet in Boulder to elect the candidates who will represent the party in the June 24 primary election. Judicial District 5 does not have an election this year.
On April 12, the Colorado Republican Central Committee will meet in Boulder to elect the candidates who will represent the party in the June 24 primary for the offices of U.S. Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Treasurer.
At 10 a.m., the Eagle County Assembly will be called to order and the delegates will be seated. Any delegate not present at that time will lose his or her seat and an alternate will be elevated to fill that position. At that time, the business of the assembly will proceed.
Candidates for state and federal offices may be present and will be given the opportunity to address the assembly. Votes will not be taken on their races but will instead occur at the District and State Assemblies in April.
First Order of Business
First order of official business will be the election of candidates who will represent the party in Eagle County's June 24 primary elections for county commissioner from Districts 2 and 3, Treasurer, Clerk and Recorder, Sheriff, Assessor, Surveyor and Coroner.
Candidates for county offices will each be give time to make their appeal to the delegates after which ballots will be distributed, voted and counted. Any candidate receiving 70 percent of the vote of the delegates will be the only candidate on the ballot. Those candidates who receive more than 30 percent of the vote will appear on the primary ballot, those who receive less than 10 percent will not, and those who receive between 10 and 30 percent may appear on the primary ballot if they petition on to the ballot by collecting signatures.
The next item on the agenda will be selecting delegates and alternates to the District and State Assemblies. All delegates and alternates to the County Assembly are eligible for election. Again, ballots will be distributed, voted and counted.
Something that's different here is that while there are no fees for attending the County Assembly. Attendance at the State Assembly costs $60 for delegates and $40 for alternates and guests. Congressional District 2 Assembly costs $5, and all other assemblies are free.
The final function is consideration of the resolutions that were presented at the caucus. Delegates will debate and vote on which resolutions will be forwarded to the state party for possible vote at the State Assembly.
So, there you have it. The process starts with the caucus and moves to the County Assembly. All that's left in a non-presidential year is the trip to the Front Range for the District and State Assemblies in April.
And that's what I'll cover next.
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Kaye Ferry is chairwoman of the Eagle County Republicans.