Parties hold GJ caucuses

Mesa County Republicans showed up in school classrooms and libraries for caucuses all over the Grand Valley on Tuesday night. Five of the nine folks who showed for Precinct 57 in a classroom at Orchard Mesa Middle School will go on to be delegates. One delegate, Connie Townsend, said she enjoyed the experience of doing it four years ago, and is looking forward to being a Republican representative at assemblies later this month and in April.

Additionally, delegates Michael Briscoe and Mark Brewer both made pitches for Scott McInnis for Mesa County commissioner. Other Republican candidates running include Bill Pitts and Gregg Palmer.

Briscoe said he appreciated McInnis’ level of knowledge on issues.

Eight Republicans are in the governor’s race, including former Congressman Bob Beauprez; state Sen. Greg Brophy, a farmer from Wray; Secretary of State Scott Gessler; Steve House, a businessman from Brighton; former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp; former Congressman Tom Tancredo; and rancher Roni Bell Sylvester.

LOCAL DEMOCRATS

Without the mystery of citizens selecting from multiple Democrat candidates in local races, area Democrats quickly took to the task of selecting delegates Tuesday night at precinct locations across Mesa County.

Fourteen citizens spread among four precincts gathered in the lunchroom of Wingate Elementary — one of more than 25 locations where Democrats gathered Tuesday.

“We’re all in Mark Udall’s corner,” one participant said. Udall is one of two sitting U.S. senators from Colorado, but the only one on the November election ballot.

In local races, exactly one Democrat is entered in each of the main races. Claudette Konola is challenging for state Senate District 7, Brad Webb is in the race for state House District 54, and Chris Kennedy is running for state House District 55.

Also, Wingate just happened to be the site where current Mesa County surveyor Patrick Green announced that he’d seek another term.

Delegates selected on Tuesday will attend the county assembly, which will be March 22 at Central High School.


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