The wrong date by a notary on one petition and wrong addresses of signatories on another effectively shut down Ken Matthews’ candidacy for the office of Teller County commissioner in District 3.
Matthews, a Republican, conceded in a March 30 phone call to his Republican opponent, Norm Steen. “That’s it,” Matthews said.
In the race to replace term-limited Jim Ignatius, Matthews decided to skip the county caucus in February and use the petition process to get on the ballot.
Despite the glitches, Matthews and his campaign team were near the goal of 250 signatures, short just 38 as a result of the two petitions that were thrown out by the clerk and recorder’s office.
If that weren’t enough of a blow, Matthews thought he had a week before the deadline of April 2 to collect more signatures to replace the invalid ones. A check with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office by J.J. Jamison, the county’s clerk and recorder, revealed the presumption was wrong.
Matthews said he should have checked the date on the petition himself. “I’m taking the blame,” he said. “Maybe it was meant to be.”
For Steen, his victory is a shoo-in, as his other opponent, Bill Miller, failed to capture 33 percent of 100 delegate votes at the General Assembly in March, and no Democrat is in the race.
As a result, Steen can skip the Republican primary June 26 and step forward in January 2013 to be sworn in.