BY FREDA MIKLIN
State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez got on the Republican primary ballot for governor through the state assembly process April 14. The secretary of state’s office announced April 20 that businessman Victor Mitchell would also be on the ballot, after reviewing his petitions and finding them sufficient. Mitchell submitted approximately double the number of signatures required for each congressional district.
The petitions of Doug Robinson, a local businessman, were found by the secretary of state to have the required 1,500 valid signatures from every Colorado congressional district except District 2. Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ determined that only 1,478 signatures from District 2 were valid, leaving Robinson 22 signatures short. Reached by The Villager for comment, Robinson’s campaign said, “We are confident we have enough signatures, and we will pursue the issue in court.”
On the Democratic side, former state Sen. Mike Johnston turned in his petitions early and was certified by the secretary of state before the April 14 Democratic assembly. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy made the ballot at the April 14 state assembly. Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne’s petitions were certified as being sufficient late on April 20.
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