Polls slow for Dem primary
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado Despite a contested race for the Democratic congressional primary, polling places reported slow mornings and low voter turnout earlier today.Vail election judge Ann Eggers worked the last primary election and said this has been a particularly slow primary, partly because there is only one contested race. There had been 19 voters at Donovan Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. Some people just didnt realize there was an election today. I think theyre so focused on November that they forget about primaries, she said. I think itll be really light. The weathers good, I think that affects it people are out doing their thing.Former state representative Joan Fitz-Gerald, entrepreneur Jared Polis and conservationist Will Shafroth are running for the 2nd Congressional District seat, which stretches from Eagle County to the city of Boulder. The winner of today’s primary is likely to win the November general election in the heavily Democratic district. Eggers, an East Vail resident who declined to give her party affiliation, voted absentee.It was more, I feel, to let those people running know that somebody feels they should be running, she said. I feel it will impact who theyre running against in the next election and how the party system will work.Barb Smith, an election judge at Minturn Town Hall, said the morning was fairly slow and the judges were not expecting a rush. They saw 18 voters in the first three hours of voting Tuesday.It would be great if people came just to try out the machines so theyre prepared for the general election, she said.The 52-year-old Red Cliff resident voted this morning on the Republican ticket. Actually, I voted because there were people I did not want to get votes, she said. There were some people running for office that I didnt like. I didnt like their absolutes. They are very one-sided and not very open-minded. Vail resident George Wiegers, 72, said on his way in to the primary that he is voting for Will Shafroth.I like his credentials, I guess. I dont know the man, but I just read about him and he seems to be more representative of my ideas than the other two, Wiegers said. There are a lot of big issues conservation is one, both local and domestic, Colorado and nationally. He seems to represent that mindset.Eagle County commissioner and candidate for re-election Peter Runyon voted this morning with his wife Beth. The Homestead resident encouraged his Republican friends to register as Democrats for this primary.The second congressional district traditionally votes Democratic because it includes Boulder and all that, Runyon said. This, for the second, is in many ways more important than the general election. Runyon wouldnt say which congressional candidate he voted for, but said it was a tough decision.All three of them are excellent, and I was up in the air to the very end, he said. They each bring different strengths to the equation. Joan Fitz-Gerald has greater experience in just being an administrator, Jared Polis has some great experience with education and Will Shafroth has huge environmental credentials.The three congressional candidates have spent a near record amount of money on the race for the Democratic nomination. The polls close at 7 p.m. Look for results tonight on http://www.vaildaily.com.