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April 13 Caucus to Help Determine County Commissioner Candidates

Five candidates are currently vying for one of three seats being vacated in the County Commissioners Office. On April 13, Political Party Caucuses will help determine which candidates advance to the August 10 primary and the November 2 general election.

Incumbent County Commissioner Jim Sullivan must give up his seat due to term limits. Five candidates are currently in the running to take his place: Steve Boand, Jack Christensen, Judy Crenshaw, Bill Henry, and Jeff Wasden. Many Douglas County- area newspapers are providing in-depth coverage of the candidates. The Douglas County News-Press is publishing candidate statements on a variety of topics; for the statements about the recently-published topics, see the News-Press web site (select the “Vote 2004” topic).

There are three Douglas County Commissioners. Walter Maxwell is not up for re-election this year. Incumbent Melanie Worley is currently unopposed in her District, but additional candidates could emerge before the general election. All three current DC Commissioners are Republican, as are all five of the candidates for Sullivan’s seat.

Who will the parties choose as their candidate for the open seat? Will other candidates emerge to challenge Melanie Worley? The process starts with the April 13 Caucuses, which are open meetings that registered party voters may attend. At each caucus, party members select delegates who attend subsequent county assemblies. There, delegates will choose the two or three candidates who advance to the Primary election in August. The Primary determines the Party’s candidate on the November general election ballot.

Party members will gather at Caucus meetings at 7:00 p.m. on April 13.

Republicans will hold a Caucus meeting in each Precinct. Contact District Captain Dick Lichtenheld at 303-688-1920 for the location of the meeting for your Precinct.

Democrats will gather at Douglas County High School. At this time, there are no declared Democratic candidates for County Commissioner.

The local importance of the three County Commissioners cannot be overstated, especially in a growing area such as Douglas County. Commissioners direct land use, maintain bridges and roads, and decide how much money to spend on a variety of services that our community depends upon.

“Want to know more about how the party caucuses work?” Read this story from the Rocky Mountain



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