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Lawsuit challenging county commissioner candidate’s signatures never accepted by courts

Tyler Silvy
tsilvy@greeleytribune.com

Mike Finn

A lawsuit challenging Republican Weld County commissioner candidate Mike Finn's place on the primary ballot was never approved for filing, and Johnstown resident Dave Kisker has acknowledged the case wasn't filed in time.

Kisker, in an email to Weld County Attorney Bruce Barker, said the case was never accepted by the courts in the first place. He also sent a picture to Barker of a motion to dismiss the case, which also wasn't accepted because the original complaint wasn't accepted.

"We had planned to amend, but that became unnecessary," Kisker said in the email.

Kisker couldn't be reached for comment.

Kisker supports Finn's opponent, Johnstown Mayor Scott James, in the Board of Weld County Commissioners District 2 race, and he attempted to file a lawsuit challenging Finn's spot on the primary ballot, alleging some of the people who gathered signatures for Finn weren't Colorado residents.

The claim rested on the fact seven signature gatherers all shared an address — at a motel in Pueblo — and the same collectors also gathered signatures for Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton, who recently withdrew all of his signatures after questions were raised.

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In Kisker's case, the lawsuit was filed too late. Colorado law requires challenges to petitions to be filed within five days of the signatures being accepted. That would have been Monday, and Kisker didn't attempt to file the lawsuit until late Tuesday.

The lawsuit named Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes, as the clerk's office is responsible for verifying signatures.

Finn denied any improprieties in the signature-gathering process, a stance he reiterated Thursday.

"We used Colorado residents who were registered Republicans, in accordance with Colorado law," Finn said in a text message. "Petitions were always good. Looking forward to our primary."

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Former Greeley City Councilman Mike Finn will face Johnstown Mayor Scott James in the Republican primary for the Board of Weld County Commissioners District 2 seat. The primary is June 26.