Reverend for Nunn marijuana-based church suspends his county commissioner campaign
March 19, 2018
Brandon Baker, reverend for a marijuana-based church, has suspended his campaign for Weld County commissioner at-large.
Baker, 39, announced his candidacy in January, citing partisan rhetoric and a continuation of complaints as his reason for entering the race.
As a Republican, Baker would have faced off against incumbent Steve Moreno and former Greeley City Councilwoman Sandi Elder in vying for a spot on the primary ballot Saturday at the Weld County GOP Assembly.
Instead, in a statement sent via email Monday, Baker said he will suspend his campaign with a promise to run for the District 1 seat in 2020.
"With the County Council and county board showdown of candidates, I seemed to muddle the election for at-large and further divide my fellow Republicans," Baker said via email. "I believe my vision is better shown via District 1 representation in Weld County."
Baker, who serves as reverend for Greenfaith Ministry in Nunn, said he has best wishes for Elder and Moreno.
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In a follow-up email, Baker said church donations went way down during his campaign, and he said his congregation and community was not supportive of his absence for campaigning. He also said many folks were shocked to find out he is a Republican.
Baker said there were too many other issues to fully advocate Republican support for medical cannabis and hemp, and he will focus on being a Republican delegate this election.
Should Baker run for the District 1 seat in 2020, he could face Mike Freeman, who is the incumbent in that seat. Freeman hasn't announced his 2020 intentions.
Baker, as he said in announcing his candidacy in January, didn't raise money or spend money on his campaign this year. He said he made six signs and 600 flyers.
— Tyler Silvy covers government and politics for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at email@example.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.