Gloriod slips onto ballot, goes on the attack against front-runner Clark
While Westsider Sallie Clark pulled in over two-thirds of the delegate votes, Cheyenner Jack Gloriod garnered just enough
support to make the primary ballot for District 3 County Commissioner at the Republican County Assembly May 1.
Now the race is on, with Gloriod throwing the first punches. Asked for his reaction to making the ballot, he accused Clark of being a “professional politician” who “spent a lot of money” and “looked kind of glum” at not keeping him off the ballot at the assembly.
“I'm very comfortable at this point,” he said, adding that he sees himself as a “grassroots candidate who overcame political machinery.”
Clark, who in an earlier interview had said she was “pleased” with how the assembly went, said she was “disappointed” at Gloriod's attack and did not want to “participate in negative campaigning.”
She added her belief that she is the one who fits the definition of a grassroots candidate, having gone door to door to visit most of the delegates in the district in the weeks between the April 13 caucuses (when delegates were chosen) and the assembly. “I think that showed a little about who I am, that I am willing to go to the people and communicate with them,” she said.
Clark's background as an elected politican consists of two years on Colorado Springs City Council. “We need experienced people on the county commission,” she said.
Gloriod has not served in a public elected office, but, like Clark, has served on volunteer boards.
Candidates needed to have 30 percent of the delegate votes to automatically make the ballot. Gloriod made it with about 10 votes to spare, according to the tallies.
The winner in the Aug. 10 primary is likely to become county commissioner because the Democrats have not put up a challenger.
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