Brown must petition way onto ballot |

Brown must petition way onto ballot

Scott N. Miller

GYPSUM – Like most things political, running for county commissioner isn’t as easy as just saying “I’m in.”Gypsum-area resident Roger Brown recently announced he’s running for the county commissioner’s job now held by Tom Stone, who can’t run again due to the state’s term limits law.Brown is running as an independent, which means he has a little work to do. According to the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Brown will have to collect petition signatures to get a spot on the ballot. But that shouldn’t be much of a hurdle to clear.State law requires independent candidates for county offices to collect either 750 signatures, or 2 percent of those who voted in the last election for that office, whichever is less.In Brown’s case, it’s the 2 percent number, which adds up to 230 signatures. He has between May 5 and June 20 to get those signatures.”I’ve been here for 44 years or so,” Brown said. “It’s not going to be any sweat. In fact, I was surprised how low it was.”While Brown has to spend a little shoe leather to get a spot on the ballot, those who want to run as Republicans or Democrats can’t just announce and get on the ballot. Candidates running in either of the major parties have to be put on the ballot at the county assemblies the parties hold in the spring. And all candidates have to file paperwork with the clerk’s office within 10 days of announcing their candidacies.Staff reporter Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ex. 14624, or at Vail, Colorado

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