LOOKING Back | Dem, GOP party leaders debate over rebound | News

  LOOKING Back |  Dem, GOP party leaders debate over rebound |  News

“I don’t particularly understand the lady’s numbers,” Shroyer said. “Even though the Democrats outrank Republicans 46% to 42%, that doesn’t necessarily awarded them two out of three legislative seats. But I said I’d go along.”

“That’s a low blow to move Ted Strickland into a 42% Democratic district,” Shroyer said before ending the call to — he said — take an incoming call from Phil Winn who was phoning from Washington D.C.

Hughes stated that his inability to meet his self-imposed Nov. 9 funding goal of $50,000 — he only managed $10,000 — had made it impossible to continue.

In other news, Sen. Bill Hughes, a Colorado Springs Republican who had the distinction of being the first Republican to announce his gubernatorial candidacy, said he was officially withdrawing from the race.

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  • But Hal Shroyer, Adams County Republican Party chair, told The Colorado Statesman that Ragsdale had in fact urged him to use “every bit of influence” to keep the three Senate seats in the county tilting Democratic and that she would concede one Republican seat, in this case Strickland’s.

  • Shroyer added that Sen. Ron Stewart, D-Longmont, wanted to move Strickland into a district including Commerce City.

“That was really it,” Hughes explained. “If we could have attracted the money, we could have run the race.” 

In his interview with Colorado Statesman reporters, Hughes added that he had made his decision “without counsel from any of the other candidates or potential candidates for governor,” and that he had no plans to endorse another Republican candidate for office.

Hughes did acknowledge that Phil Winn, then assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, could be the GOP front-runner. “He’s getting the most attention at this point,” Hughes said. “But I’m not sure how deep his support is. But Lamm is definitely beatable mainly because he hasn’t done anything”

Regarding his political future, Hughes said he’d left his options open but currently didn’t have any plans to make a bid for any elected office including running for re-election to his state Senate seat. “I might have to make an honest living,” Hughes said. “I doubt I’ll run for reelection.”

Twenty Years Ago: The Justice Department filed a voting rights lawsuit against Alamosa County alleging that the method for electing its governing body did not provide an equal opportunity for Hispanic citizens to elect candidates of their choice.  The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, stated that “the at-large method used to elect the Board of Commissioners in Alamosa County violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 because it dilutes the voting strength of minorities.”

Rachael Wright is the author of the Captain Savva Mystery series, with degrees in Political Science and History from Colorado Mesa University, and is a contributing writer to Colorado Politics and The Gazette.

Although Hispanics comprised 40% of the county, a Hispanic candidate hadn’t been elected to the board of commissioners, or any other county-wide office for 17 years. “The Voting Rights Act guarantees that all citizens have the right to fully participate in the democratic process,” said Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., assistant attorney general for civil rights. “Our goal is that the lawsuit will remove the remaining obstacles that preclude Alamosa County’s Hispanic citizens from having an equal opportunity to elect a representative of choice to the Board of Commissioners.”