Primary date nears for Routt County voters

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— Voters planning to participate in primary elections need to have their ballots turned in by 7 p.m. June 24. In addition to mailing ballots in ahead of that date, voters can drop off ballots at the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Dave Moloney

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Chuck McConnell

As of Tuesday afternoon, 1,350 completed ballots had been received by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, which is about 15 percent of active, registered voters, according to Routt County Elections Supervisor Kim Bonner.

The only contested local race is on the Republican side, with Dave Moloney and Chuck McConnell vying to challenge House District 26 incumbent Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs.

Of the 4,543 active, registered Republicans in Routt County, 782 had returned ballots so far, Bonner wrote in an email.

“I was honored to receive the top line on the primary ballot by receiving a majority of votes at the Republican Assembly,” Moloney wrote in an email. “But I haven’t taken that position for granted and have been working hard to earn the support of Routt and Eagle County voters, and while many may have already returned their ballots, I plan to campaign right up to the end.”

McConnell said Tuesday that his campaign is going well.

“I’m getting a lot of very positive feedback,” he said. “Right now, I’m happy with where I am in the race.”

“I’m getting to as many events as I can where I can talk to people that might be potential voters,” McConnell said.

Moloney wrote that he’s been encouraging unaffiliated voters to affiliate themselves and participate in the primary, which they can do up to and through the primary date.

“While being unaffiliated may seem like it gives you greater choice and independence, what you are really doing is allowing others to select the candidates that you then have to choose from in November,” he wrote. “Affiliating with one of the major parties actually gives you more choice in who governs.”

McConnell urged people to mail or turn in their ballots by the 7 p.m. June 24 deadline.

“The more people we have vote in any election I think is the better,” McConnell added.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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