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Renfroe wins delegate vote over Buck at 4th CD assembly in Broomfield to make primary ballot

Check off the box next to momentum and place it in state Sen. Scott Renfroe’s corner.

Renfroe, R-Greeley, won the delegate vote 348-297 (54 percent to 46 percent) over Weld District Attorney Ken Buck at the 2014 Colorado GOP Fourth Congressional District assembly at the Omni Interlocken Hotel on Friday.

After waiting for close to an hour for the results, Renfroe’s camp was all smiles when the results placed his name on the top of the ballot.

“We’re excited. Very humbling. What an honor to have that much support,” Renfroe said. “We look forward to the race, and good things are going to happen.”

Renfroe, who was nominated at the assembly by Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, said he’s going to build off the delegates’ votes.

“We’re going to run hard, and we’re going to work hard,” said Renfroe, who told the delegates in his speech that he’s not a career politician, but a small business owner who was taught how to work hard by his dad. “We’re going to reach out to people and have them join our team. We’re going to do what’s right for America.”

Renfroe admitted that with Buck’s name recognition as a U.S. Senate candidate in 2010, the results probably surprised some people.

“I was cautiously optimistic,” said Renfroe, who promised to never back pedal in his commitment to protect the unborn, including his support of personhood, which provides the rights to fertilized eggs. “We’ve been all over the state in the last month and talked to as many people as we could. I have some great people that have endorsed me that are well respected throughout the state that stepped forward.”

State Rep. Chris Holbert, a Republican representing Parker and Lone Tree in Douglas County who endorsed Renfroe, said Renfroe is the only candidate with a voting record that really represents the 4th CD.

“I’m excited to see him win in June,” Holbert said. “In Douglas County, Sen. (Ted) Harvey and I have been working very hard to introduce people to Scott Renfroe. The reception has been very positive. They are very impressed with Scott, his voting record, his family and his (concrete) business.”

Renfroe and Buck received more than the needed 30 percent of the delegate’s 646 votes to make it onto the ballot for the June 24 GOP primary election.

Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer and Fort Collins rancher Steve Laffey, both of whom claimed spots on the primary ballot by collecting more than 1,000 signatures from across the 22 counties and submitting them to the Secretary of State’s Office in Denver on March 31, declined to accept nominations at the assembly since they went the petition route.

The four candidates are running to fill the seat left open by Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Mark Udall. Kirkmeyer’s and Laffey’s signatures haven’t been finalized by the secretary of state, and Laffey didn’t have a camp of followers inside the ballroom like his three opponents.

After learning of the results, Buck said the key to the assembly was to get on the primary ballot.

“We got on, and we will now work very hard to earn as many votes as we can for the primary,” said Buck, who told delegates he’ll support a constitutional balanced-budget amendment, a constitutional term limit on senators and representatives and vote to repeal Obamacare and to replace it with a free-market, patient-centered healthcare system. “It’s a whole new group of people. It’s a much broader base, and we’ll do our best to speak to that broader base.”

Ballots go out in the mail to voters the first week in June, so there’s less than two months left to get the message out.

“It’s 10 weeks from this coming Tuesday that the election is, but it’s about seven weeks for the ballots to go out,” said Buck, who was nominated for the 4th CD seat by his wife, state Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor. “I’m going to work hard and talk to as many people as possible.”

Weld County delegate Bryan Lobmeyer of Windsor said he’s supporting Buck.

“I think the name recognition is going to help him be a stronger candidate overall,” Lobmeyer said. “I think he has a better chance of keeping the seat Republican. I feel like he’s a straight shooter. I think he’s done a good job as a district attorney, so I think he’ll be a strong candidate.”

There was some surprised reaction from delegates when Kirkmeyer gave her speech and then declined to accept the nomination from Roger Partridge, the chairman of the Douglas County commissioners.

“There were two folks here who were working to get on the ballot this way, and I think it was the right thing to do,” she said of releasing delegates and not accepting the nomination after her speech. “I feel very confident in the signatures that I went out and collected with about 50 or 60 other folks, and collected over 1,600 signatures, so I feel confident that I’m on the ballot.”

Dudley Brown, a supporter of Renfroe’s and the executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, yelled out from the back of the ballroom: “She shouldn’t have been allowed to speak.”

Renfroe also said Kirkmeyer shouldn’t have been given the chance to speak to the delegates, although GOP rules state that she was allowed to speak.

“One, I’m a delegate to the convention. Two, I had every right to speak,” Kirkmeyer said.

If Kirkmeyer would have accepted the nomination, she would have needed only 10 percent of the delegate votes, or less than 70 votes since she already petitioned onto the ballot.

Kirkmeyer, who was introduced by her daughter, Caroline Maxwell, said in her speech that she understands agriculture better than any candidate in the race, will bring back fiscal sanity, support personhood and will always vote to protect life.

Kirkmeyer said she made the decision to decline the nomination and release delegates after talking with delegates throughout the morning. Kirkmeyer said she’s ready to hit the ground running, much the same way she’s been campaigning since she announced March 4.

“I’m going to get out and start walking, do some door to door and get out and meet as many folks as I possibly can,” said Kirkmeyer, who has raised around $50,000 in about a month and added that she’ll need to raise around $200,000 to $250,000. “My campaigns are typically really grass roots. I’m going to hit it hard.”

Las Animas County Commissioner Mack Louden believes that Kirkmeyer is the strongest candidate.

“I like her tenacity. I served with her on the State Transportation Advisory Committee board, and she is a real champion for rural Colorado,” Louden said. “She is very bright. She sees the problem right away, and she figures out a way to make it work. I’ve seen her reach across aisles. She works with people very well, but she doesn’t deviate from her values.”


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