GREELEY — Doug Rademacher blew a write-in challenger out of the water Tuesday and won the right to represent the Republican party in November’s race for Weld County Board of Commissioners’ District 2 seat.
Rademacher’s 3,209 votes easily beat Haiko Eichler’s 268 in the Republican primary. The fourth-genera-
tion Weld County farmer will now face Democrat Rich Lopez and independent candidate Sharon Socher in the general election this fall.
“We weren’t worried at all,” Rademacher said as he wrapped up a celebratory dinner party at his house with family and campaign staff. “My views are much more mainstream than (Eichler’s), and I think it was evident tonight at the voting booth.”
His campaign strategy over the next three months will simply mirror the one he’s worked with for the past 18 months, Rademacher said: “Telling the people the way I feel and be honest. People respect that and I think it showed tonight.”
Eichler, a 70-year-old German-born photographer, also threw a dinner party Tuesday, but not the victory bash he’d planned.
“You give it your best shot, and it didn’t work out, but there’s more where that came from,” he said.
Now Eichler says he will take some time to re-evaluate the landslide loss and decide whether he’ll run for county commission again in the future, or sue the current commissioners for past zoning-enforcement measures against him that inspired his candidacy.
Despite a hard campaign, Eichler couldn’t collect enough signatures in time to get his name on the primary ballot. He didn’t realize write-in candidates faced such long odds at the polls, he said.
Though he has nothing against Rademacher, Eichler said, he’ll likely vote for Socher in November.
Rademacher said, however easy it was, he’s glad to have the primaries behind him.
“I'm looking forward to the home stretch. The next three months should be fun,” he said.
Glenn Vaad currently holds the District 2 seat representing southwest Weld but is term-limited. He is running to represent state House District 48 in November.
Ben Ready can be reached at 303-684-5326, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.