La Plata County election almost over for some

Uncontested primary is Tuesday; Tipton, Pace to debate this fall

Editor’s note: This is the Herald’s weekly roundup of campaign news.

For a few lucky candidates, the campaign is almost over.

Tuesday is the primary election for registered Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians.

La Plata County has no contested primaries, although Republicans can pick a statewide candidate for University of Colorado regent. Brian Davidson and Matt Arnold are running. Their websites are www.davidsonforcuregent.com and www.arnold4colorado.net.

Montezuma County Republicans will choose candidates for county commissioner and district attorney. The winner in the district attorney race and one commissioner race will face only token opposition in the November election.

Double debates: Western Slope voters will get at least two head-to-head debates this fall between U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and his Democratic challenger, Sal Pace.

Tipton’s campaign confirmed to The Denver Post that the Cortez Republican would participate in debates sponsored by Club 20 in Grand Junction and the Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo.

Pace had been criticizing Tipton for not committing to a debate in Aspen with Pace and unaffiliated challenger Tisha Casida.

The Club 20 and Pueblo debates typically do not include third-party candidates. They were the only two debates during the 2010 campaign, when Tipton knocked off incumbent Democrat John Salazar.

The shoe was on the other foot in that campaign, with Tipton taunting Salazar over his reluctance to debate.

Conservatives coming: The country’s most famous gathering of the right – the Conservative Political Action Conference – is going on the road to Denver this fall.

The American Conservative Union sponsors the annual meeting in Washington, and it’s a must-do for national Republican candidates. The Colorado version will be Oct. 4.

Mitt Romney has been invited, and he will be in Denver the night before for his first debate with President Barack Obama.

“CPAC Colorado takes the fight for the future of America directly to a critical battleground state,” said American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas.

Information is available at www.conservative.org.

First lady on the Front Range: Presidential campaigns continued their intense focus on Colorado this week, when first lady Michelle Obama campaigned in the Denver suburbs and Pueblo.

She thanked firefighters battling blazes around the West, and she talked up the president’s decision to not deport young illegal immigrants who crossed the border as children with their families, according to The Associated Press.

Countdown: Three days until the primary election. 136 days until the November election.

jhanel@durangoherald.com