Elisa Kunkel failed to earn enough delegate support at the Weld County GOP Assembly. Now she’ll be a write-in candidate for Weld Clerk and Recorder | MyWindsorNow.com

Elisa Kunkel failed to earn enough delegate support at the Weld County GOP Assembly. Now she’ll be a write-in candidate for Weld Clerk and Recorder

Tyler Silvy
tsilvy@greeleytribune.com

Elisa Kunkel

Elisa Kunkel has filed paperwork to become a write-in candidate in the Republican primary race for Weld County Clerk and Recorder.

Kunkel missed out on a chance to appear on the primary ballot when she didn't secure 30 percent of the vote at the Weld County GOP Assembly. She also never launched a serious signature-gathering operation to petition onto the ballot.

The last option, filing as a write-in candidate, requires candidates to file an affidavit of intent with the Weld County Clerk and Recorder. Kunkel did so Monday.

Although she won't appear on the primary ballot, voters will be able to write in Kunkel's name in the June 26 primary.

Only incumbent Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes' name will appear on the primary ballot. Koppes secured 72 percent of the vote at the Weld GOP Assembly.

Kunkel called her loss at the assembly heartbreaking in a news release, and cited the absence of dozens of delegates, as well as negative fliers distributed to delegates in attendance as possible reasons for not reaching the 30 percent threshold.

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"I am a public servant to the core," Kunkel said in her release. "I am asking you the voter that wants change to write me in for your Weld County Clerk and Recorder."