The Republican partys county assembly this week ended one local mans bid for La Plata County commissioner.
Roger Pennington, who said he longed to see more average people in government leadership roles, said Thursday he was disappointed with the results of the assembly.
He did not receive the needed 30 percent of party delegate votes to make it on the ballot at the assembly. He also did not receive more than 10 percent of the delegates votes, which is needed to run by petition, said Tiffany Lee Parker, La Plata County Clerk and Recorder.
Actual results of the assembly were not available Thursday.
The process surprised Pennington.
I guess I have a lot more to learn about politics than we were taught in school, he said in an email.
Parker said many residents are likely unaware of the extent of involvement when running for office.
Its a grass-roots process, she said. People often dont realize the steps that partisan candidates have to take to get on the ballot.
Each partys county assembly is open to party members, but only delegates have voting power.
Pennington said he still was receiving calls Thursday from supporters unaware of the developments who hoped to help him in his campaign. Parker said its a strong illustration of why its really important for voters to participate in the process at all levels.
Also during Wednesdays Republican county assembly, incumbent County Commissioner Kellie Hotter received more than 30 percent of delegates votes and the party nomination for her District 2 seat. Hotter does not have a Republican challenger, but she still had to go through the process and garner enough votes, Parker said.
It doesnt matter if you have opposition or not, you still have to be nominated, Parker said. Your party needs to support you.
Penningtons Republican opponent for the District 3 seat, Harry Baxstrom, also received more than 30 percent of the delegates votes and the party nomination.
Both will now officially have a place on voters ballots later this year, Parker said.
If two members of the same party running for the same seat receive the minimum 30 percent of votes at a county assembly, the name of the person with the highest number of votes appears first on the ballot, Parker said.
On March 17, the Democratic party will hold its county assembly to confirm candidates.
The fate of Democratic candidates for the District 2 and 3 county commissioner races will be decided then. Democrats David Black and Julie Westendorff are vying for the District 3 seat. Democrat Gwen Lachelt is running against Hotter for the District 2 post. The District 1 seat, held by Bobby Lieb, is not up for election this year.