Election 2018Hot Sheet

35 unaffiliated, RTD candidates file for Colorado ballot

Author: Mark Harden - July 12, 2018 - Updated: July 12, 2018

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More than two weeks after Colorado’s major-party primary election ended, 35 candidates are still trying to get on the ballot.

That’s how many candidates unaligned with a major party as well as hopefuls for a seat on the non-partisan Regional Transportation District board filed petitions with Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office by Thursday’s deadline in hopes of going before the voters in November.

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Under state law, while the June primary sets the November ballot lineup for Democrats and Republicans, independents get in the ballot by submitting petitions and have more time. Those petitions are now being checked by Williams’ staff to see if they contain enough valid voter signatures.

As a statement from Williams’ office notes, the rules for unaffiliateds to petition onto the ballot are “less arduous” than for Democrats or Republicans:

Unaffiliated candidates running for statewide office need only collect 1,000 signatures, compared to major-party hopefuls who had to collect 1,500 signatures in each of the state’s seven congressional districts. Also, unaffiliated state House candidates need only 400 valid signatures — Republicans and Democrats must collect 1,000 for that office. Candidates for RTD need 250 signatures.
Republicans and Democrats must collect signatures from their own party members. Unaffiliated candidates can get a signature from any valid voter, as long as that voter has not already signed a petition for another candidate for the same office.
Unaffiliated and RTD candidates are allowed to try to collect more signatures if they have been declared insufficient.

Candidates can run under a party name and still qualify for the easier unaffiliated rules for making the ballot as long as the party label is “not already recognized in Colorado,” and a handful of candidates filed this year under the name “Approval Voting Party,” Williams’ statement said. Others call themselves independent or unaffiliated as they choose.

Here are the names of candidates who submitted unaffiliated-candidate petitions by Thursday’s deadline. AVP means Approval Voting Party, Ind means Independent, Una means unaffiliated. HD means House District, SD means Senate District.

Nick Thomas, Ind, US HD2
Mary M. Malarsie, Ind, US HD3
Dan Chapin, Una, US HD 6
Paul Noel Fiorino, Una, Governor
Matthew Wood, Una, Lt. Gov
Blake Huber, Avp, Secretary of State
Adam Matkowsky, Una, State SD24
Steve Peterson, Ind, State SD 30
Peter Smith, Ind, State SD 32
Theresa Stets, Una, State HD 12
Kevin R Smith, Ind, State HD 16
Maile Foster, Ind, State HD 18
Luke Bray, Una, State HD 26
Eric Montoya, Ind, State HD 31
Jay Geyer, Ind, State HD33
Thea Chase, Ind, State HD 54
Paul Jones, Ind, State HD 59
JoyAnn Keener Ruscha, RTD District B
Shontel Lewis, RTD District B
Chris Martinez, RTD District B
Bonnie Ernest Archuleta, RTD District C
Angie Rivera-Malpiede, RTD District C
Julia Stewart RTD District C
Eliot Tipton, RTD District C
Vince Buzek RTD District J
Jerry Jaramillo RTD District K
Paul D. Solano RTD District K
Troy L. Whitmore RTD District K
Shelley Cook RTD District L
Phil Munsterman RTD District L
Bob Wilson RTD District L
Margaret (Peggy) A. Catlin RTD District N
Brad K. Evans, RTD District N
Jennifer Hope, RTD District N
Lynn Guissinger, RTD District O

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.