Steamboat's Gaylon Kent on Libertarian Party primary ballot

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Gaylon Kent

— At a nominating convention in Aurora on Sunday afternoon, Libertarian Party of Colorado congressional candidate Gaylon Kent, of Steamboat Springs, received the support of more delegates than his primary opponent Greg Gilman, but Kent still must face Gilman on a primary ballot in June.

The June 26 primary will decide which Libertarian candidate will face incumbent Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican, to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat, and businesswoman Tisha Casida, a Pueblo independent, also plan to challenge Tipton.

According to Brian Ochsner, campaigns director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado, Kent received 53 percent, or 25 of the delegate votes at Sunday’s nominating convention. Gilman, of Westcliffe, received 45 percent, or 21 of the delegate votes. One delegate voted to not support either candidate.

Under Colorado law, any candidate who receives more than 30 percent of the vote at the nominating convention qualifies for the primary ballot.

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