Republicans choose Fry, Stahoviak at county assembly; Marchus not on ballot

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Former Routt County Building Chief Mark Marchus will not be on the Republican primary ballot as a county commissioner candidate; he received only 27 percent of the vote at Saturday's Routt County Republican Assembly.

Marchus, who has been embroiled in a contentious battle with Routt County after being terminated earlier this year, needed 30 percent to make the ballot for the District 1 county commissioner seat. Instead, Hayden resident Jeff Fry, who secured 63 percent of the vote, will be named on the ballot to run againt incumbent Democrat Doug Monger.

Stagecoach resident Bea Westwater also failed to get on the primary ballot, receiving 15 percent of the votes as a candidate for the District 2 county commissioner seat held by Nancy Stahoviak.

Stahoviak received 80 percent of the votes for District 2 -- and a standing ovation as she made her first public appearance in months after kidney failure and knee infections in December. She said her ability to represent the county has not been hindered by her physical condition.

Westwater said, however, she thinks it is time for a change in the District 2 seat.

"I think we get complacent in our positions after a while," Westwater said.

"I knew I threw my hat in at the eleventh hour, running against an incumbent," Westwater said. "I knew it was a long shot going in."

Westwater said she would seek to petition to get on the primary ballot and that she was not surprised with the outcome of the assembly vote. Marchus did not immediately return phone calls regarding whether he will take the same course.

U.S. Senate and 3rd Congressional District candidates or their representatives also spoke at the county assembly. However, unlike the Routt County Democratic Party, the Routt County Republicans do not vote on the candidates by means of preference polls.

"We feel the delegates can make up their minds at the state assembly," said Routt County Republican Party Secretary Jennifer Schubert-Akin.

Twenty delegates were selected at the county assembly to go to the state assembly June 4 in Denver. Four delegates from each of the three county commissioner districts and eight at-large delegates were selected.

Routt County Republicans also voted on five resolutions to send to the state assembly, all of which were approved.

The Republicans resolved that they think "the institution of marriage shall be between one man and one woman."

The most divided vote was on a pro-life resolution, with 40 votes supporting legislation that "defends the right to life of every human being from conception," while 26 voted against such legislation.

Routt County Republicans also were split on a resolution to lift a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons with a capacity of more than 10 rounds because, according to the resolution, "this ban has done nothing to reduce crime ... and is an unconstitutional violation of the right to bare arms." The resolution passed 49 - 17.

Two issues had almost no contention. A resolution commending Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, for his service while in office had only one vote against it. A resolution supporting the HEALTHY Veterans Act, which would allow veterans in Northwest Colorado to receive health care at local hospitals rather than traveling to the nearest Veteran's Administration hospital in Grand Junction, received unanimous support.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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