Thursday, February 1, 2018

El Paso County commission race loses sole Democrat

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 9:21 AM

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The only Democratic candidate for the El Paso County Commission's northern District 1 seat has withdrawn from the race due to a state policy issue.

Robert Force, executive director of the auto theft section of the State Patrol, tells the Independent on Jan. 31 he received an opinion that day that he cannot run due to policies that prohibit State Patrol employees from seeking the county office.

Force filed his candidacy in mid-January and hadn't yet filed a campaign finance report.

Republican candidates for the seat, now occupied by Darryl Glenn, who's term-limited and is seeking the Congressional District seat held by Doug Lamborn, include:

Ann Howe, a defense contractor who formerly held a state House seat in New Hampshire.

Calandra Vargas, who’s worked on political campaigns and as an aide in the state capitol and nearly kept Lamborn off the primary ballot at the 2016 GOP assembly.

Chris Whitney, an Air Force veteran and businessman.

Holly Williams, former public trustee and wife of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams who works for the county in the environmental department.

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