Greenwood Village HD37 GOP candidate says he will drop out of the race

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

Three others have been removed from the ballot

Danny D. Moore, a U.S. Navy veteran and 2022 running mate of GOP gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl, has notified party officials that he plans to withdraw from the race for Colorado House District 37, which includes all of Greenwood Village, Foxfield, and part of Centennial. He did not have a primary opponent hence was already slated for the ballot in November. 

The Arapahoe County Republican Party told The Villager they were exploring options for replacing Moore, who withdrew for personal reasons.

Other candidates around the state who have been removed from the November ballot are Republican Luis A. Moy, who was running for the state House in HD61-Arapahoe & Douglas Counties, Republican Robert Tate, who was running for the state Senate in SD 29-Arapahoe County, and Democrat Charles Alvarado, who was running to replace Richard Holtorf in state House District 63-Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld & Yuma Counties.  Holtorf is one of six candidates running for the GOP nomination for Congressional District Four to replace former U.S. Rep. Ken Buck. All three candidates were disqualified by the Secretary of State for failing to file campaign finance reports required by state law.  

Ballots have already been printed and mailed for the June 25 primary election. Any votes received for a candidate whose name appears on a ballot, but is no longer eligible to run, will not be counted.

If a primary candidate voluntarily withdraws from a race, their party has a set amount of time during which it can form a vacancy committee to name a new candidate for the general election. It can even be the same person who dropped out if he or she changes their mind. 

Political parties can also use vacancy committees to replace candidates who have been disqualified for failure to comply with rules, but in that case, it cannot be the same person.