Wanting to be on ballot, Holtzman readies petition drive
DENVER – A day after saying the state GOP convention might be rigged against him, gubernatorial candidate Marc Holtzman filed papers Thursday that would let him petition his way onto the August primary ballot.Holtzman stopped short of launching a petition drive but said he wants to keep that option open in his campaign against Rep. Bob Beauprez for the Republican nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Owens.”We’re going to go ahead and get our petition certified so he we decide to gather signatures, we can do it quickly,” Holtzman spokesman Dick Leggitt said.The state party insisted it wants a fair election and sent both sides five pages of proposed guidelines that include having a uniformed deputy sheriff in the tabulating room, privacy booths for voting, and a ban on cell phones and other electronic devices.”Both campaigns have the option of stating their proposed changes to these procedures in writing, along with an explanation and suggested solution,” GOP Chairman Bob Martinez said.John Marshall, a spokesman for Beauprez, said Beauprez accepted all the proposals to change the way candidates are selected at the GOP convention next month. He said it was hypocritical for Holtzman to call for more transparency after refusing to release his tax returns as the other candidates have done.Leggitt said Holtzman will decide later this week whether to begin gathering the 10,500 signatures he needs to guarantee a spot on the primary ballot.Holtzman touched off a firestorm Wednesday when he sent a letter to Martinez demanding to know why the party is refusing to require a single ballot for all candidates and have ballots given directly to delegates. They are now handed out to county officials to distribute.Holtzman cited concerns of potential fraud in how the party picks its candidates at the annual convention and issued 10 demands that included secure voting areas, electronic voting machines and a single ballot for candidates. Party officials said negotiations are continuing.
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