SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – There will be no Democratic primary election for the District 1 San Miguel Board of County Commissioner seat, after all.
Telluride resident Christine McGinley had contemplated a run against incumbent candidate and fellow Democrat Elaine Fischer for the District 1 county commissioner seat, but because of a housing issue, decided not to run. Her decision came just before San Miguel County Democrats convened at the party’s county assembly Saturday.
McGinley was recently notified by her landlord that the residence she and her husband were renting was sold, and that they would have to move. Due to the uncertainty of finding housing within District 1, she decided not to run.
“The house that we rent has sold, and we have to be out in 30 days,” McGinley said. “I do not feel it is appropriate to go forward with a potential primary when we are not sure if we can find housing in District 1.”
With McGinley out, county Democrats officially placed Fischer on the November ballot for the District 1 seat at Saturday’s assembly. County Democrats also placed Placerville resident Dan Chancellor on the ballot to run against incumbent Green Party candidate Art Goodtimes and Republican candidate Kevin Kell for the District 3 seat.
San Miguel County Democratic Party Chair Brian Ahern reports that Commissioner Joan May spoke at the assembly on behalf of the Sal Pace campaign about how individuals can get involved with his grassroots campaign. Pace takes on incumbent Republican Scott Tipton for the third Congressional District.
Ahern said the assembly unanimously passed resolutions supporting Pace, as well as current Seventh Judicial District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller in his bid for the office to which he was appointed last year; the assembly unanimously passed a resolution to support President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, as well.
Several resolutions were brought to the assembly’s platform committee on Saturday, most notably, Ahern said, a resolution opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case that allows corporate personhood.
The San Miguel County Democrats will send seven representatives to the State Democrat Convention and Congressional Assembly on April 13 and 14, respectively, in Pueblo.