The American Legion Post 183 hall located in Strasburg was the designated location for the multi-district House District 56 Republican Assembly for eastern Arapahoe County and portions of Adams County.
The purpose of the assembly was to nominate a candidate for the Primary Election Ballot. There were 55 delegates and 55 alternates from Adams County and 43 delegates and 43 alternates from Arapahoe County. About half of that number showed up for the event and nominated incumbent State Representative Phil Covarrubias by acclamation.
Covarrubias is in the construction business and is finishing his first term representing the district. He spoke enthuasically about his experience at the state capitol and that he had gained a lot of knowledge during his first term in office. An advocate for vocational education and training he stressed teaching job skills to high school graduates so they understand how to work.
He said, “How can you be an electrical engineer if you have never spliced a pair of copper wires together?” Covarrubias lives in Adams County where he and his family operate a construction company. His name will be placed on the primary ballot along with former Arapahoe County.
Commissioner Rod Bockenfeld has petitioned onto the primary ballot by gathering district signatures.
Neal Mancuso, chairman of the 56th district chaired the meeting assisted by secretary Maurice Mertens. They were elected to serve as the vacancy committee for the district.
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