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Summit County Democrats lean toward Romanoff

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SUMMIT COUNTY – U.S. Senate candidate for Colorado Andrew Romanoff has a significant edge over incumbent U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet among local Democrats.

The Summit County Democrats held their county assembly Monday night, when they selected delegates to send to the Colorado State Democratic Assembly May 22. Eleven of Summit’s 30 delegates have pledged their support for Bennet, who was appointed to serve the remainder of Ken Salazar’s term when Salazar took over the U.S. Department of the Interior; 19 Summit delegates favor Romanoff, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.

The event was a star-studded night, as far as Colorado Democratic politics goes. Bennet, Romanoff and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis all made appearances at the Frisco rec building on Third Ave.

“It turned into a little debate between Romanoff and Bennet, so it was a nice surprise for folks,” Summit Democratic Party co-chair Lucinda Burns said.

At the state assembly next month, delegates will decide which candidate will be the party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate seat. Delegates are not bound to vote for the candidates they supported at their county assemblies.

Local Dems also made official their nominees for local and state offices: Jeanne Nicholson for state Senate District 16, Christine Scanlan for state House District 56, Dan Gibbs for Summit County commissioner, Bill Wallace for Summit County treasurer, and Beverly Breakstone for Summit County assessor.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or

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