Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer almost became the first candidate to claim a spot on the Republican 4th Congressional District primary ballot on Monday, personally turning more than 1,600 signatures into the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office in Denver.
In fact, Kirkmeyer trumpeted the accomplishment in a news release on Tuesday. However, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office told The Denver Post that Fort Collins Republican Steve Laffey was, in fact, the first. Kirkmeyer may have thought she was first, The Post reported, because she got her petitions immediately time stamped, which showed 12:56 p.m. However, the secretary of state’s office gave credit to Laffey for being first, retroactively stamping his petitions at 12:45 p.m.
According to the news release from Kirkmeyer’s campaign office, the total was more than 50 percent of what was required to gain a spot on the ballot for the June 24 primary.
“In a little more than three weeks, more than 1,600 Republicans from across the 4th Congressional District have allowed us to claim the first spot on the Republican primary ballot,” said Kirkmeyer, before it came out that Laffey was actually the first candidate to claim the first spot.
Kirkmeyer is running against Weld District Attorney Ken Buck, state Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, and Laffey.
“I have been humbled by the enormous positive response our campaign has received,” she said. “From Sterling to Lamar, Greeley to Parker, La Junta to Longmont, people are joining our effort to bring a strong, effective conservative voice to represent the 4th Congressional District.”
Laffey told The Post he gathered more than 1,700 signatures to get on the ballot.
Buck and Renfroe are going through the Republican 4th CD assembly Friday in Broomfield to get on the ballot.
Kirkmeyer said her signatures were gathered in a grassroots effort from across the 22-county 4th CD, a huge area that includes Windsor and Weld County, some areas of Douglas County, Longmont, the Eastern Plains and small towns such as La Junta and Lamar in southeast Colorado.
“I have had the opportunity to personally visit every county in the district, visiting with small business owners, farmers, residents and local elected officials who are deeply concerned over the direction of the country.” Kirkmeyer said. “They are very excited to have someone who grew up on a dairy farm, has been a small business owner and a local elected official with a record of getting things accomplished running for Congress.”