Gardner, Liston get signatures needed to be on Colorado primary ballot

By MEGAN SCHRADER - Updated: March 25, 2016 at 7:47 pm • Published: March 25, 2016 0

DENVER - GOP candidates Bob Gardner and Larry Liston, both former state representatives, will be on the June 28 ballot for different General Assembly seats after the Secretary of State's Office certified Friday that the hopefuls turned in enough valid signatures.

Gardner, who served eight years in House Districts 20 and 21 from 2007 to 2014, is running for Senate District 12. The seat is held by Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, who has reached his term limit.

Liston, served eight years in House District 16 from 2005 to 2012, and is running for the seat again, after sitting out the required time for his term limits to reset. Liston will likely face incumbent Rep. Janak Joshi, R-Colorado Springs, in the primary.

Gardner and Liston are the first candidates in the state to get their names on the ballot through petition. Both needed 1,000 signatures to qualify.

Gardner turned in 1,702 signatures, according to the Secretary of State's Office. Of those, 353 were rejected and 1,349 were accepted. Liston turned in 1,725 signatures and 114 were rejected, leaving 1,611 valid signatures.

To get on the ballot, candidates must either be nominated at the county assembly or collect enough valid signatures from registered voters.

Joshi will try to get his name on the ballot Saturday at the El Paso County Assembly.

Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, has said he is running for Cadman's seat, too. Klingenschmitt will also try to win enough delegate votes, at least 30 percent, to get his name on the ballot.

Cadman has said he will not endorse candidates for the primary.

The County Assembly begins at 8:30 a.m. and meetings of delegates for each state House and Senate and county commissioner seats up for election will be scattered throughout the day. The whole assembly will meet at 12:30 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

El Paso County Democrats had their assembly on March 12 and nominated candidates to contest House District 16 and Senate District 12.

Democrats will send Sarah Drapkin into the race for Cadman's seat. Shari Zabel will compete for the House District 16 seat now held by Joshi.


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