Hislop, Scott get GOP spots on District 54 primary ballot

Bob Hislop, left, is congratulated at the House District 54 Assembly at City Hall Saturday after winning top line with 57 votes for the Republican primary in August. Ray Scott, with 34 votes, also will appear on the ballot. David Cox received nine votes, one short of allowing him to petition onto the primary ballot.

Bob Hislop and Ray Scott will be on the Republican Party’s primary ballot in August, but a third candidate in the race won’t.

Hislop, 66, earned top line on the ballot when he won 57 of the 100 delegates at the House District 54 Assembly on Saturday.

Scott, 53, picked up 34 votes, four more than the minimum needed to make the Aug. 10 GOP primary.

A third candidate, 28-year-old Orchard Mesa resident David Cox, garnered nine votes. Under Colorado Republican Party rules, it takes at least 30 percent of delegates to make the ballot and at least 10 percent to have the right to petition onto the ballot.

With only 9 percent of the vote, Cox received neither.

Hislop and Scott said they accomplished what they set out to do, make the ballot and earn the right to try to persuade Republicans throughout the House district to vote for them. The district stretches from the northwestern edge of Mesa County to the western part of Delta County.

“We just wanted to get 30 percent. We just wanted to make sure we were on the ballot,” Scott said.

“I’m very happy with the vote and the way it turned out,” Hislop added. “Now, I’m going to compete as hard as I can full-time. That’s my job, to get elected.”

Hislop, who has raised more than four times what Scott has collected in campaign donations, told delegates before the vote that he would fight for conservative Republican principles, which include smaller government, lower taxes and creating jobs.

Scott said he would do the same, but he also would help create jobs by privatizing government operations where appropriate and try to reduce the number of bills lawmakers are allowed to introduce during a legislative session.

Hislop, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent under President Ronald Reagan, said he planned to “take the high road” in campaigning.

Scott didn’t make that same promise, but didn’t take the opportunity to attack his opponents, either. The delegate who nominated him, however, has. For the past few months, the delegate who nominated Scott, Grand Junction resident Kevin King, has raised questions about Hislop’s conservative credentials in e-mails and blog posts attacking Hislop, including questioning Hislop’s wife’s religious beliefs.

When that story appeared in The Daily Sentinel in February, Scott said he didn’t know King.

In his opening comments to the assembly, Cox addressed a recent Sentinel report about his alcohol use, history of misdemeanor convictions and support to legalize marijuana.

“In regards to drug legalization and in particular marijuana legalization, it’s true that I believe prohibition has failed,” he said. “Secondly, in regard to the recent news of my mistakes during high school and college ... those mistakes have taught me valuable lessons.”

No Democrat is running for the seat now held by Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction.

King is the sole Republican candidate for Senate District 7, running against Democrat Claudette Konola of Grand Junction.


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