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A negative moment at the Republican GOP [assembly]: I finished reading the article that reporter Rachel Riley of the Colorado Springs Gazette wrote on the Republican GOP [assembly] and was left with the feeling of disappointment. Rachel reported the results correctly, but was unable to convey the real atmosphere of the assembly in her article. There were a lot of very good speeches from the candidates, and a lot of them really care about the future of Colorado Springs and El Paso County. However, any voter, whether a delegate or not can tell you that all political races become dirty and cutthroat. We see that in our presidential races. But sometimes dirty takes on a whole new meaning.

At this GOP [assembly] we witnessed a candidate stoop to a new low. In the race between current Sheriff Elder and the challenger Mike Angley, we witnessed Sheriff Elder use the death of his fallen officer Micah Flick to try and obtain voter approval. No matter how subtle, this was wrong! Is this the future of El Paso County? If a fallen deputy is nothing more than a vote, what are we, the citizens of El Paso County, to this man?

I want a leader who is willing to fight for my rights as a citizen, lead by example, and most of all be trustworthy and honest! I do not believe at this point that Bill Elder has shown me any of these things. I ask you, can we as citizens of Colorado Springs/El Paso County be comfortable with electing this individual to lead us?

— Linda Bradford, Republican delegate, Calhan

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