House seat could be up for grabs | Western Colorado

House seat could be up for grabs | Western Colorado

House seat could be up for grabs | Western Colorado

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The list of candidates for the general legislative elections in November is practically defined, that is, all but one.

In House District 58, Republicans J. Mark Roeber and Larry Don Suckla are tied, with Roeber leading by just 14 votes, according to the latest filings with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office from the eight counties that make up the district.

Roeber, a former Delta County commissioner, has 50.05% of the vote, compared to former Montezuma County Commissioner Suckla’s 49.95%. That’s within the 0.5% margin to trigger an automatic recount. If one is needed, it won’t happen before the July 19 deadline for calling one.

At first, the race was a bit wider. On primary night, Roeber led by 41 votes, but that gap narrowed after accounting for the corrected ballots. The last day to correct those ballots was Wednesday, which was also the last day for clerks to accept ballots from overseas voters and members of the military.

That was the only contested legislative seat on the Western Slope. All the others, from both parties, had no primary challengers.

Among them is Democrat Kathleen Curry of Gunnison, who served three terms in the Colorado House, from 2005 to 2010 when it was a different district. She will face the winner of the Suckla-Roeber race in November.

The district includes all of Gunnison, Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Dolores and Hinsdale counties, and parts of Delta and Montezuma counties.

In the Colorado Senate, term-limited Republican Rep. Marc Catlin of Montrose will face Democrat Cole Buerger of Glenwood Springs in District 5, a seat left vacant after Sen. Perry Will, R-New Castle, opted not to seek reelection. Instead, he will run for the Garfield County commission in District 2.

Meanwhile, Alamosa Republican Sen. Cleave Simpson will face Democrat Vivian Smotherman for SD6, a U-shaped district that stretches from Montrose County to La Plata County and into the San Luis Valley.

In the House, Rep. Meghan Lukens, D-Steamboat Springs, will face Republican Nathan Butler, a former Craig City Councilman, in House District 26; while Rep. Elizabeth Velasco, D-Glenwood Springs, will face Republican Caleb Waller of Silt, who dropped his bid for commissioner to run instead for the HD57 seat.

In the southwest corner of the state, in HD59, to replace term-limited Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, Democrat Katie Stewart of Durango will face Republican Clark Craig of Ignacio.

Reps. Matt Soper, R-Delta, and Rick Taggart, R-Grand Junction, are unopposed in the November general election.