Results of SD 26 & HD 3 Vacancy Committees

The vacancy committee to replace Senator Daniel Kagan, who will be resigning from the Colorado State Senate effective January 11, 2019 was held Saturday January 5.

The results are as follows:

  • Jeff Bridges 70%

  • Angela Engel 14%

  • Iman Jodeh 14%

  • Kyle Schlachter 2%

Because Representative Bridges currently represents State House District 3, a vacancy committee for that seat has become necessary.  That vacancy meeting will be held Monday, January 7, 2019.

 House District 3 Vacancy Committee 

The vacancy committee to replace Representative Jeff Bridges, who resigned form the State Legislature after election to  the Colorado State Senate was held Saturday January 7, 2019. The results are as follows

  • Meg Froelich 76%

  • John Stone 23%

 Vacancy Committee Meeting FAQs:

Who may attend the meeting?

The vacancy committee meeting is open to the public per state law [CRS 1-12-203 (3) (a)].  However, anyone who is neither a candidate at the meeting nor eligible to vote at the meeting will be asked to stand in the back of the room if  space  is limited.

Who is eligible to vote at the meeting?

At the District Central Committee reorganization, the following motion was adopted to establish the vacancy committee:

“I move the Vacancy Committee be comprised of the members of the County Central Committees of the counties with territory in the District and who live in the district and anyone else required by state law.”

Lists of members of the Arapahoe county party central committees who live in the district have been provided to the State Democratic Party and have been filed with the Secretary of State in accordance with state law [CRS 1-3-103 (7)].

Arapahoe County Party Rules Part 1 VI. defines the membership of the District Central Committee as: All Committee People, Captains, and Democratic members of the Colorado General Assembly residing within the District, plus its officers and the Chair and First Vice-Chair of the County Party shall be members of each House District, Senate District and County Commissioner District Central Committee.

Who is eligible to stand for election at the meeting?

To be eligible to stand for election at the vacancy committee meeting, a candidate must

Be at least 25 years old [Colorado Constitution Article V, Section 4]
Be a United States citizen [Colorado Constitution Article V, Section 4]
Have resided in district for at least 12 months prior to the vacancy committee meeting [Colorado Constitution Article V, Section 4]
Be a registered Democrat for at least twelve months immediately preceding at the time of the vacancy. [CRS 1-12-203 (3) (a)]

If I want to stand for election, what should I do?

Anyone wanting to stand for election (candidate) at the vacancy committee meeting should send a written letter of intention, via email.

For State House District 3 to Chair of HD 3 Glenn Irizarry at [email protected]   and copy

Arapahoe County Democratic Party Chair, Mary Ellen Wolf at [email protected].

Candidates should contact the chairs not later than 12 noon on Friday, December 28, 2018 if they want their names to be pre-printed on the ballots to be used at the vacancy committee meeting.

If I haven’t notified the district chairs beforehand, can I still stand for election?

Yes.  Nominations may be made from the floor at the vacancy committee meeting, and candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by another member of the vacancy committee.  Candidates nominated from the floor will have their names hand written onto the pre-printed ballots by any members of the vacancy committee voting for them.

How will members of the vacancy committee be credentialed for voting?

A credentials committee will be onsite to provide oversight of the process.  This includes supervision of the check-in of members of the vacancy committee and the balloting process.  Voting vacancy committee members will be given credential tags  which will identify their eligibility to vote.  No one with out an appropriate credential tag will be permitted to vote.

How is a quorum established at the meeting?

At least 50% of the members of the vacancy committee must be present to constitute a quorum. [CRS 1-12-203 (3) (a)]

How will the election be conducted?

There will be as many rounds of voting at the vacancy meeting as needed for a candidate to win a majority of the votes.
1. For the first round of voting, all candidates will be on the ballot, including those who notified the chair and whose names are preprinted on the ballot, as well as those who are nominated from the floor and whose names are written by hand on the ballot.
2. If at the end of the first round of voting there is no candidate with a simple majority, the candidate with the lowest vote total shall be removed from the ballot for the next round of voting. This process shall continue until there are only two candidates and one of them is declared the winner with a simple majority. [State Party Rules: Part Four, Article III, A-5]
3. Once the voting begins for an office, no additional candidates will be added to that ballot.

How will the order of candidates’ names on the ballot be determined?

A coin was tossed January 5. The winner of the toss was able to choose their position on the ballot and for speaking.  Candidates who are nominated from the floor will not be able to have their names pre-printed on the ballot, but their names may be written by hand by any members of the vacancy committee wishing to vote for them.

If a member of the vacancy committee cannot attend, may s/he vote by proxy?

No.  Proxy in elections to fill a vacancy in the General Assembly is disallowed by state law [CRS 1-12-203 (3) (a)].  If a member of the vacancy committee is unable to attend the meeting in person, s/he may not vote in the vacancy election.

How will a winner be determined?

The winner of the vacancy committee election will be the candidate who wins a majority of the votes cast, 50% of the votes plus one vote. If a candidate wins a majority of the vote in the first round of voting, a subsequent round of voting will not be conducted and that candidate will be declared the winner. [CRS 1-12-203 (3) (a)]

Will the voting be by secret ballot?

Members of the vacancy committee will vote by paper ballot and need not be observed by any other person while voting. However, all members of the vacancy committee must print and sign their names on their ballots. Ballots which are turned in without both a printed name and a signature will not be counted.

How will the ballots be counted?

Individuals with experience in voting and elections have been retained to assist the Chair in tabulating the ballots. Ballots will be counted within view of the members of the vacancy committee. Candidates should appoint watchers on their behalf who may observe the tabulation of the ballots. Watchers may be asked to stand a reasonable distance back from the tabulators so that they may conduct their work. Watchers will not be permitted to leave the tabulation area once tabulation has started and until after the announcement of the winner is made by the Chair. Watchers are not permitted to make any written notes, utilize any type of electronic recording device, while observing the tabulation.

How much time will candidates have to address the meeting?

Before the first round of voting begins, each candidate will be permitted to address the members of the vacancy committee. The maximum period of time allotted to each candidate for nomination, seconding and acceptance will be five minutes. Candidates will speak in the order in which their names appear on the ballot, which order will be determined by lot for candidates who have previously notified the chair of their intent to run not later than 12 noon on Friday, December 28, 2018.

Will candidates be permitted to campaign at the meeting?

Yes, candidates will permitted to have handouts, fliers, etc at the meeting, however posting of signs on building walls inside or outside will not be permitted. Candidates or their representatives will be permitted to arrive at the meeting location ahead of time to mingle with voters, no earlier than the beginning of check-in.

What will happen to the ballots after the election is over?

Ballots will be sealed and kept in a secure, locked location at the State Democratic Party office.