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Fitz-Gerald first choice of Summit Dems

HARRIET HAMILTON
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Summit County, CO Colorado

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

FRISCO ” Local Democrats gave congressional candidate Joan Fitz-Gerald their resounding support in her bid to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Mark Udall at the party’s Summit County Assembly and Convention Tuesday night.

After addressing the group of nearly 150 county delegates, the former Colorado state senator received more than three quarters of the votes taken in Tuesday’s “candidate preference” poll. Results of the poll determine the distribution of delegates to May’s congressional district assembly and, ultimately, which candidates will appear on the Democrat’s Aug. 12 primary ballot.

The assembly, held in the Summit Middle School auditorium, was the second step in the process ” which began at the Feb. 5 precinct caucuses and will culminate in Colorado Springs in May at the state assembly/convention ” to decide how Colorado delegates at this summer’s Democratic National Convention will vote.

In addition to electing delegates to send to the next level in the presidential nomination, participants in Tuesday’s meeting also weighed in on the 2nd congressional district’s democratic primary race.

Fitz-Gerald and former Colorado Board of Education Chairman and multi-millionaire businessman Jared Polis both spoke to the assembled party loyals in an attempt to garner the 30 percent of the vote necessary from a place on the primary ballot.

The third Democratic candidate in this year’s race ” Boulder conservationist Will Shafroth ” chose to bypass local caucuses, and will attempt to get his name on the ballot through direct petition instead. Although Polis received fewer than a quarter of Summit County votes, support from other areas of the district are expected to be enough to win him a ballot spot.

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Of the 88 official precinct delegates at Tuesday’s meeting, 58 supported Barack Obama, and 30 supported Hillary Clinton. By the time the congressional preference poll was conducted, more than a dozen delegates had left because of the late hour, but Fitz-Gerald still managed to win 56 of the 73 votes remaining.