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Dougco commissioner will quack a little longer as a lame duck

Author: Mark Harden - July 13, 2018 - Updated: July 13, 2018


A Douglas County commissioner has rejected calls from a fellow commissioner that she resign to make way for a candidate who defeated her in the June primary.

Diane Holbert, interim Douglas County commissioner (Douglas County)

All three people involved are Republicans: Diane Holbert, who was appointed on an interim basis to the vacant District 1 seat on the county Board of Commissioners in April by a GOP vacancy committee; Lora Thomas, who has called repeatedly for Holbert to step down; and Abe Laydon, who defeated Holbert in the Republican primary and will face Democrat Mary Lynch in the November general election.

Thomas wants Holbert out so that Laydon can be appointed to the seat, the Highlands Ranch Herald reports. That would allow him to run against Lynch as an incumbent.

But Holbert — who resigned as county treasurer when she was appointed commissioner — says she plans to stay just where she is until her elected successor takes office in January.

Thomas first called for Holbert to step aside after the primary, saying that the voters had expressed their preference, but Holbert said then that Thomas’ proposal was “wholly inappropriate.”

Thomas pushed the matter again at Tuesday’s board meeting, the Herald says. But former state Sen. Tom Wiens — a Holbert ally — said at Tuesday’s session that she attained the seat fair and square under long-standing rules.

Laydon has said he’ll respect whatever decision Holbert makes.

Per the Herald, Thomas admitted she’d received some pushback on her request to Holbert: “Often when leaders take a stand they receive criticism.”

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.