DENVER — Colorado voters dissatisfied with the platforms and campaign promises of both Republican Bob Beauprez and Democrat Bill Ritter needn’t stay at home or decline to cast a vote in the governor’s race.
Voters will find three more gubernatorial candidates names on the ballot, and three others are soliciting write-in votes.
Voters’ options in the governor’s contest include:
•American Constitution Party candidate Clyde J. Harkins of Arvada.
•Libertarian candidate Dawn Winkler-Kinateder of Gunnison.
•Paul Fiorino of Evergreen, who is unaffiliated with any political party.
Gubernatorial candidates who submitted the paperwork needed to have write-in votes for them counted are:
•Unaffiliated candidate Gary Cooper of Denver.
•Unaffiliated candidate Darla Herold of Lakewood.
•Republican Charles Walter Sylvester Jr. of LaSalle.
Harkins, a retired federal employee, is this year’s American Constitution Party standard-bearer in the gubernatorial race after running unsuccessfully in three contests for secretary of state and one for Colorado’s 7th Congressional District seat.
The American Constitution Party’s national goal, according to the national party’s Web site, is “to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated constitutional functions and to restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations.”
Harkins’ running mate, the American Constitution Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor, is Tracy Davison of Longmont.
Libertarian Winkler-Kinateder’s Web site says she’d like to “allow the citizens of Colorado to keep more of their earnings and have more control over where tax dollars are spent.”
That campaign posting says Winkler-Kinateder believes “there are numerous ways to end state revenue waste on intrusive laws and programs and instead, direct revenues into programs that help end homelessness, provide quality housing and environments for the elderly, and begin to address the needs of the autism/neurodevelopmentally disabled community.”
Fiorino, who petitioned his way onto the ballot, says he’d “serve the citizens as governor in restoration of education, arts and P.E.” and provide the state’s services “to every age, race, gender and religion through tourism, culture and business partnerships, with philanthropic focus on families, veterans and seniors.”
Chuck Sylvester, perhaps the most publicly active of the trio of officially recognized write-in candidates for governor, is a retired rancher who lives near LaSalle with his wife — and write-in running mate — lieutenant governor candidate Roni Sylvester.
“I’m running to give the citizens of this state a choice,” Chuck Sylvester said in June. “Across America, voters are frustrated with career politicians who merely pay lip service to our shared ideals.
“We need elected officials who are focused on solutions to the issues rather than being driven by partisan politics and political machinery,” he said. “It’s time for a new era in Colorado politics.”