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Support appreciated; now stayinvolved in the political process

Leigh GirvinBreckenridge

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported and encouraged me in my bid for county commissioner. So many people were excited and energized by the prospect of me being in a position of leadership to continue my good work on behalf of the community. Please, friends, let that energy continue by staying involved in the political arena.If you are not a member of a political party, you can’t be involved in the process of selecting candidates. Our new county commissioner was appointed by the vote of 35 people. Our next Summit County sheriff will be elected only by Republicans who choose to vote in the August primary. Democrats have an opportunity in August to select the candidate whose name will appear on the November ballot for U.S. senator from Colorado (Miles vs. Salazar) and for county commissioner for District 2 (Crandall vs. Wallace). In order to vote in the primary elections Aug. 10, you must be registered to vote by this Monday, July 12. You can register at any town hall, the Motor Vehicle Administration office, or the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge.Registering to vote does not increase your chances of being called for jury duty any more than getting a driver’s license or registering your vehicle does.Voters who are affiliated with a party must also change party registration by the July 12 deadline if they want to vote in the primary of a different party.And if you are a registered unaffiliated voter (aka Independent), you can declare your affiliation to a political party any day up to and including Aug. 10 at the locations mentioned above. If you don’t like the idea of a long-term affiliation with a political party, you can change back to Independent the day after the primaries. It is one of the beauties of our political system.The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 4.I know it sounds trite, but democracy is not a spectator sport. The important thing is to stay involved, support the political leaders who represent your interests, and vote.Leigh GirvinBreckenridge

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