Contests set for Routt County offices in November general election

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— The slate of major party candidates for Routt County office is set, with three contested general election races in November.

The Republican and Democratic county parties held their assemblies March 22, and neither party had two people declare for the same race, ruling out primary elections for county races.

The three contested general election contests will be for Routt County commissioner, treasurer and coroner.

In the race for the District 3 seat on the Routt County Board of Commissioners, former Steamboat Springs City Council member Cari Hermacinski, a Republican, is challenging Democrat Steve Ivancie, who was appointed by the Routt County Democratic Party to replace state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush.

Democrat Darrel Levingston is challenging incumbent Republican Rob Ryg for Routt County coroner.

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn, who was appointed to fill out Jeanne Whiddon’s term, is being challenged by Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel.

Knoebel declared her intent to run for treasurer at the Democratic Party county assembly and filed her affidavit with the state Monday.

After looking at the job description for treasurer, Knoebel said, she realized that the position was a good fit for her management and financial background from being Oak Creek's mayor and the event manager at Catamount Ranch & Club.

Knoebel said she loves her job at Catamount and jumped in once she felt it was the right time.

"I think people should have an option when they vote," she said, adding that she brings years of experience as Oak Creek's mayor.

Running unopposed by another major party candidate are Republican Gary Peterson for assessor, Republican Garrett Wiggins for sheriff and Democrat Kim Bonner for clerk and recorder. Peterson and Wiggins currently hold those roles. Bonner works in the clerk and recorder’s office.

Unaffiliated candidates have until July 10 to file a petition to get on the ballot.

The only possible primary election for local parties will be set April 11 when district assemblies are held. Routt County Republicans Chuck McConnell and Dave Moloney will each attempt to get onto the primary ballot for Colorado House District 26 by securing the votes of at least 30 percent of the district delegates.

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