Garfield County Sheriff's investigator Rob Glassmire will be the Republican Party's nominee to run for county coroner in November, after incumbent Coroner Trey Holt did not turn in a petition to force a primary election by a Monday deadline.
According to Garfield
County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico, Holt
had until 5 p.m. Monday to submit a petition with at least 754 valid signatures of registered Republicans in the county in order to secure a place on the June 24 primary ballot.
That did not happen, she
The large number of signatures that were required relates to the 2010 Republican primary, when there was a large voter turnout due to a contested race for sheriff, Alberico
A total of 3,773 votes were also cast for Holt
in the uncontested coroner's race that year, triggering the 20 percent signature requirement for Holt
to petition onto the primary ballot this year, she
At the March 15 Garfield
County Republican Party Assembly this year, Holt
did not earn the 30 percent of delegates needed to advance to the primary.
Instead, challenger Glassmire of Battlement Mesa won the delegate vote 71 to 27 to be the party's nominee for the coroner's office.
Holt's delegate count was enough for him to try to petition onto the primary ballot.
owns the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home
in Glenwood Springs.
He has held the coroner's office since 1994 and was a deputy coroner for four years prior to that.
The lack of a petition from Holt
means there will be no primary contests for Garfield
County offices for either the Republicans or Democrats.