Walcher running as write-in candidate for Mesa County Commission District 3

Woody Walcher

Woody Walcher, who lost his bid last month to run for District 3 on the Mesa County Commission, will offer himself to Republican voters in the June 26 primary.

Walcher will seek the party’s nomination as a write-in candidate in the primary election. Though voters will have to write in his name — it won’t appear on any ballot — those votes can be counted.

He’ll go up against Rose Pugliese, who dusted two opponents, one of them Walcher, in last month’s Republican Mesa County Convention.Walcher stressed that his candidacy is only for the primary election, and he said he would never try to split the GOP vote in a general election.

In a primary, though, “I believe the Republican voters in Mesa County deserve a choice and right now they don’t have one,” Walcher said Monday.

He said the same thing to the monthly luncheon of the Mesa County Republican Women, including Pugliese, that afternoon and was greeted with silence.

Pugliese said she had no comment on Walcher’s decision.

Republicans already are looking at one primary pitting Fruita Mayor Ken Henry against Lower Valley farmer John Justman for the District 1 seat.

The Republican victor in District 3 will face Democrat Dave Edwards, a Palisade town councilman, in the general election.

Acknowledging that Pugliese is likely to prevail in the primary, Walcher said he wants voters to be given a choice rather than have them bound by the results of the convention, dominated by party activists.

A term-limited Janet Rowland now holds the commission seat.

“I don’t mind losing,” Walcher said. “The voters deserve a choice.”


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