Steamboat Springs The Republican primary for the Routt County sheriff’s race is back on. Nick Bosick, a detective with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said Monday that he will petition to be included on the August ballot.
Bosick did not garner enough votes at the Republican county assembly April 10 to be included on the August primary ballot. Instead, he will attempt to gather the 231 signatures necessary to face Wiggins for the right to be the GOP candidate in November against incumbent Sheriff Gary Wall, a Democrat.
Bosick said he decided to run for the job about two weeks before the assembly — not enough time to generate the support he needed.
“I knew I was kind of coming in behind the whole process, and after the assembly, it’s just this continued flow of telephone calls and people stopping by. … It’s been overwhelming the encouragement I have received,” he said.
At the assembly, candidates needed to get 30 percent or more of the vote to be guaranteed a spot on the August ballot. Bosick got only 12.3 percent of the assembly votes. David Smith Jr. got 14.8 percent of the votes, and Wiggins garnered about 72.8 percent.
At the time, Bosick and Smith said they would not attempt to petition onto the ballot. Smith reiterated his stance Monday, but Bosick said encouragement from supporters changed his mind.
“I’m happy we got 12 percent of the vote,” Bosick said. “To me, that’s a pretty good accomplishment just for the mere fact that in a week and a half period of time, evenings only, I was able to get at least 12 percent of the people to vote for me at the assembly.
“To me that’s pretty good.”
Bosick said part of the problem was that the delegates who made the selection were not representative of his voting base and perhaps did not know enough about him.
“The people at the assembly who voted for who they were going to send to face the incumbent, I don’t believe, are a direct reflection on the voters of this community,” Bosick said. “It’s a small group of people, and I don’t believe the delegates that were at the assembly knew enough about me to feel comfortable voting for me.”
Bosick has until May 27 to gather the signatures. He said he has turned in his petition format to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, and once it is approved he can begin circulating the petition.
Wiggins, commander of the All Crime Enforcement Team drug task force, said he was disappointed by Bosick’s decision.
“It’s a little disappointing, although he’s got that right,” Wiggins said. “He’s said twice that he’s not going to petition on, and now he’s changed his mind. I thought the party had already spoke and chosen the person they wanted to represent the Republican Party, and I guess he thinks that’s not the case.”
Wiggins said if Bosick does get enough signatures and is placed on the ballot, he will have to raise more money than he was planning in order to cover the extra costs of winning the primary.
No other petition formats have been submitted to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Chief Deputy Clerk Sherry Wofford said Monday.
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