Demo convention determines primary a must
Democrats met for their county convention on Saturday night at the Rio Theater in Helper and after balloting by delegates a June 22 primary is now slated for the party.
While there were some positions that had only one Democratic candidate running for them and those were confirmed by acclamation, for some county positions there were a number of candidates.
And in some cases the outcome was surprising.
Two county commissioner seats are up for reelection this year and in both cases there will be a primary for those offices.
One of the seats will be filled by a new person since long time Commissioner Bill Krompel is standing down after 24 years. In the primary for that seat Dennis Dooley will face David Palacios for the Democratic nomination. One of the two will face Republican Jae Potter in November.
In the county commission surveyors slot, present commissioner John Jones will be challenged in the primary by Kyle Edwards. Whomever wins the primary will face Republican Travis Blackburn at the November polls.
Also in the runoff for the right to run for county recorder, present office holder Vicki Barnett will be facing Stacy Romero.
In two other races, for county assessor and for county sheriff, Julie Patterson Medley defeated her opponent Lisa Pierruci and incumbent James Cordova beat out Art Salas with over 70 percent of the delegates. Medley will have no opposition in November since the Republicans have not placed a candidate for that office on the ballot. However, Cordova will be facing a Republican candidate in November in the person of Rob Radley.
The candidates which had no opposition at convention included county clerk Bob Pero, county attorney Gene Strate and county treasurer Marilyn Graham.