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Your last chance to run for state rep.

Melanie Wong
Vail CO, Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, COLORADO ” Democratic party officials are looking for someone to represent Eagle, Summit and Lake counties in the State House of Representatives, and Friday is the last day to submit names for consideration.

Rep. Dan Gibbs, Eagle County’s Democratic state representative, was recently appointed to fill the place of Colorado Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, who resigned to run for Congress.

His vacated spot as representative for House District 56, which includes Eagle Summit and Lake counties, needs to be filled within 10 days of Gibbs’ official resignation in mid-December.

A vacancy committee made up of local Democratic officials will choose from submitted candidates, said Flo Raitano, vacancy committee chair.

All interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and biography including their Democratic party history to Raitano via e-mail by 5 p.m. today.

“You need to have lived in the district for at least a year and have been officially affliated with the Democratic Party for at least a year,” Raitano said.

So far there are six qualified candidates for the position. The Eagle County candidates are Edwards attorney Rohn Robbins and Vail teacher Danny Padnick. The other four candidates are from Summit County.

Now is an exciting time for local residents to be involved in the political process, said New New Wallace, Eagle County Democrats co-chair and vacancy committee member.

“You can really be involved in the grassroots efforts,” she said. “Also, the presidential primaries are coming up, and some very important things happen in the primaries ” but you must be a registered ‘R’ or ‘D’ to participate.”

To register, you must declare your party on your voter registration form, which can be done at the county clerk and recorder’s office in Eagle.

To participate in this year’s upcoming Democratic or Republican caucuses and assemblies, people need to be registered with either party by Dec. 5, Raitano said.

“It’s the only way to have input on the presidential elections,” she said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or

Dec. 5: Last day to become a registered Democrat or Republican. You must be registered to participate in any caucus or assembly to vote in the primaries. Pick up voter registration forms at the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder, or find the form online at

Feb. 5: Democratic Party’s Eagle County Caucus, 5:30 p.m. at the Eagle County Building in Eagle

Feb. 25: Eagle County Democrats Assembly, 6 p.m. at the Eagle County Building in Eagle

May 16-17: State of Colorado Democratic Convention, Colorado Springs

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