Gates, Avey make primary ballot for commissioner seat, Rector unopposed

Incumbent Jeff Rector, and candidates Ty Gates and Mona Avey will be on the Republican primary ballot in June for two Rio Blanco County Commissioner Seats.
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RBC | Following county political assemblies, candidates and 50 party delegates and their alternates, two of the four candidates vying for the District 3 commissioner seat now held by Si Woodruff have earned a spot on the June primary ballot. Incumbent Commissioner Jeff Rector (District 2) will be unopposed on the ballot for his district, after receiving 92% of the delegate vote.

To be nominated by the assembly, candidates must receive at least 30% of the delegate vote. To be nominated by petition they must have a minimum of 147 valid signatures and receive between 10% and 29% of the delegate vote, according to Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder Boots Campbell.

At the Republican Party county assembly last Saturday, Ty Gates received 44% of the delegate vote and was nominated by the assembly; Mona Avey received 26% of the delegate vote and had enough signatures to be nominated by petition.

Kai Turner, a former county commissioner, received 20% of the delegate vote but did not have enough signatures. Current Meeker Trustee Scott Nielsen received 10% of the delegate vote but his petition was also insufficient. Neither will be on the primary ballot.

According to a press release from the Rio Blanco County Republican Party, Debra Irvine, Senate District 8 candidate, joined the assembly in Rangely.

The District Assembly is scheduled for April 11 in Craig and delegates will decide on State Representative District 57, Judicial District 9 and Senatorial District 8. Delegates to the State Assembly and Convention, scheduled for April 18 in  Broomfield, Colorado,  will participate in the designation of a Republican candidate or candidates for U.S. Senate, national committeeman, national committeewoman, national delegates to the RNC Convention and the 2020 Party Platform Resolutions.

By NIKI TURNER | editor@ht1885.com