As the 2022 primary election gets underway with ballots mailed out this week, Weld County voters can begin selecting party nominations for the election in November.
The Greeley Tribune has compiled a guide for contested races across Weld County. Republicans are running in 11 contested races in the county, and there’s just one contested race for Democrats, in the 8th Congressional District. Unaffiliated voters may vote in either party’s primary.
There are 17 24-hour drop-off locations across the county. For more information on voting in Weld County, including a list of voting sites and maps of the different voting districts, go to weldvotes.com.
Primary day is June 28. Election Day is Nov. 8, with ballots mailed out the week of Oct. 17.
Greg Lopez: A small business owner, former Colorado director of the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Air Force veteran, Lopez supports school choice, wildfire prevention, small business independence, reducing crime and finding a balance for the state’s water users. His endorsements include former Colorado Sen. Kevin Lundberg, Bandimere Speedway owner John Bandimere and Jenna Ellis, who was a senior legal advisor and counselor to former President Donald Trump. His campaign has raised more than $128,000 and spent about $111,516 as of May 31.
Heidi Ganahl: An entrepreneur, founder of nonprofits and University of Colorado Regent, Ganahl wants to “return to law and order,” reduce taxes and fees, incentivize affordable housing, address the state’s mental health crisis and teen suicide rates, support an all-of-the above energy approach and protect farmers, ranchers and property owners’ mineral and water rights. Her endrosements include U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams and former Colorado Sen. Hank Brown. Her campaign has raised more than $1.1 million and spent about $908,530 as of May 31.
Ron Hanks: A U.S. Air Force veteran, former oilfield worker and sitting state representative, Hanks supports energy independence, the Second Amendment, eliminating the U.S. Department of Education and border security. Without evidence, Hanks has asserted President Joe Biden is “a fraudulently installed agent under the influence of a foreign power.” His campaign has raised more than $57,000, including a $30,100 loan Hanks made to the campaign, and has spent about $41,308.
Joe O’Dea: A construction CEO, O’Dea wants to support working Americans by tackling inflation, taxation and red tape, reduce the national debt and support a “strong and secure America” through strength abroad and at home. His endorsements include the Colorado State Shooting Association, Colorado Sen. John Cooke and Colorado Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg. His campaign has raised more than $1.45 million and has spent about $842,360.
U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District
Robert Lewis: A real estate broker and former Elbert County Republican Vice Chairman, Lewis supports upholding the Constitution, energy and agricultural/food independence, school choice, the Second Amendment, election integrity and voting against omnibus bills. Campaign finance filings weren’t available as of Thursday.
Ken Buck: The incumbent — though the district has new boundaries this election — a business executive and a former Weld County District Attorney, Buck is against abortion, supports police and securing the border, opposes critical race theory, supports the Second Amendment and wants to use anti-trust laws to restore competition in big tech. His endorsements include the National Rifle Association, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and the Campaign for Working Families. His campaign has raised more than $881,000 and has spent about $546,370.
U.S. Representative, 7th Congressional District
Erik Aadland: A former project manager in the oil and natural gas industry and U.S. Army veteran, Aadland supports the Second Amendment, putting America first, upholding the Constitution and Bill of Rights, federal tax regulation and civil service reforms, school choice and increasing competition in the health care marketplace. His endorsements include former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, former Colorado Sen. Kevin Grantham and Ted Nugent. His campaign has raised more than $393,000, including a $144,000 loan by Aadland to the campaign, and has spent about $337,324.
Laurel Imer: A grassroots political activist, “hand-picked” Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention and former small business owner, Imer wants to complete the wall on the southern border, reform voting laws to support election integrity, support school choice, push for deregulation, demand transparency in health care and support economic growth. Her endorsements include Colorado Rep. Patrick Neville, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo. Campaign finance filings weren’t available as of Thursday.
Tim Reichert: An economist, businessman and board member for St. John Vianney Seminary, Reichert supports personal data ownership, small regulation for small business, requiring the federal government to purchase a share of its goods and service from small businesses, reducing crime, securing the border and making college more affordable. His campaign has raised more than $839,000, including a $500,000 loan made by Reichert to the campaign, and has spent about $127,853.
U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District
Lori Saine: A Weld County commissioner and former state representative, Saine opposes vaccine and mask mandates, supports securing the southern border, wants to defeat inflation with “massive cuts to government programs,” opposes critical race theory, supports tough-on-crime policies and upholding Constitutional rights. Her endorsements include Tancredo, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie and FreedomWorks. Her campaign has raised more than $242,000, including an $80,000 loan Saine made to the campaign, and has spent about $102,057.
Jan Kulmann: The mayor of Thornton and an oil and gas engineer, Kulmann hopes to cut wasteful spending, support the military, law enforcement and first responders, support education choice, support an all-of-the-above energy policy, fight policies supporting abortions and oppose new gun laws. Her endorsements include Cooke, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman and retired Adams County Sheriff Mike McIntosh. Her campaign has raised more than $391,000 and has spent about $82,456.
Barbara Kirkmeyer: A state senator, former Weld County commissioner and former small business owner, Kirkmeyer wants to cut spending to lower the cost of living, reduce the cost of government, promote energy independence, defend farmers from “onerous regulations” and attacks on their property rights, secure the nation’s borders and end COVID-19-related mandates. Her endorsements include Greeley Mayor John Gates, Americans for Prosperity Action and the Colorado State Shooting Association. Her campaign has raised more than $248,000 and has spent about $73,946.
Tyler Allcorn: A former Army Special Forces Green Beret, Allcorn wants to cut unnecessary spending, reduce and simplify taxes, support national security and defense, support energy independence, fight policies supporting abortions and support law enforcement. His endorsements include the Trump Leadership Council cofounders, the Green Beret PAC and former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. His campaign has raised more than $305,000, including a $161,767 loan Allcorn made to the campaign, and has spent about $98,024.
Colorado Secretary of State
Tina Peters: The Mesa County clerk, Peters wants to end government overreach in the elections process, uphold the state constitution and honor the state legislature. Peters has been banned from overseeing elections in her county after allegedly tampering with voter equipment in an effort to prove baseless election-fraud conspiracy theories. Her endorsements include former U.S. National Security Advisory Michael Flynn. Her campaign has raised more than $165,000 as well as $5,000 in loans and has spent about $87,749.
Mike O’Donnell: Executive director of nonprofit lender Prairie Rose Development Corp., O’Donnell opposes mail-in ballots, wants to clean up the state’s voter rolls, challenges the security of Dominion voting machines and opposes the state’s automatic voter registration law. His campaign has raised more than $4,700 as well as more than $51,000 in loans and has spent about $26,278.
Pam Anderson: A business owner, former clerk and recorder for Jefferson County and former president of the Colorado County Clerk Association, Anderson supports building safeguards for election integrity and wants to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy and over-regulation. Her endorsements include Brown, former U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn and former Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Her campaign has raised more than $106,000 as well as $40,000 in loans and has spent about $104,830.
State Board of Education, 8th Congressional District
Peggy Propst: A former member of the State Board of Education, former teacher and cofounder of The Imagine Classical Academy, Propst’s priorities include addressing declining academic performance, teaching American exceptionalism instead of critical race theory and shifting the focus from “sexual issues back to the basics.” Her endorsements include Weld County Commissioner Steve Moreno, Colorado Christian University Dean Debora Scheffel and former U.S. Rep. Bob Schaffer. Her campaign has raised more than $5,300 and has spent about $3,759.
Cody LeBlanc: A director on the Weld Re-8 Schools Board of Education and an entrepreneur, LeBlanc says on his website he will fight for student success, community-focused policy, educational choice, parental rights, fiscal responsibility, career and college readiness and medical freedom. His campaign has raised $625 and has spent about $523.
CU Regent, 8th Congressional District
Eric Rinard: Owner and oeprator of a horse farm, an active member in the Weld County Republican Party and a University of Colorado Boulder graduate, Rinard hopes to increase accessibility and reduce costs further, supporting growth and diversity of research initiatives on all campuses. His campaign has raised $1,675 as well as $1,000 in loans and has spent about $2,312.
Mark VanDriel: A Greeley Republican who has taught and worked in higher education since 2011, VanDriel supports accessibility through a robust support of free speech, affordability and accountability to the people of the state, serving more than faculty interests. His campaign has raised $5 as well as $500 in loans and has spent about $360.
State Representative, House District 48
Gabe Evans: Owner and operator of a family farm in southern Weld County, Evans hopes to support public safety, lower taxes and fees, promote affordable groceries, energy and housing and support educational choice. His endorsements include the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, Reams and Moreno. His campaign has raised more than $13,000 as well as $1,000 in loans and has spent about $9,294.
Terry Lee Robert DeGroot: A U.S. Navy veteran and active member of the Weld GOP, DeGroot wants to make Colorado affordable, protect parental rights, protect free speech, protect the Second Amendment, fight for election integrity and make Colorado safe. His endorsements include outgoing Rep. Tonya Van Beber and the Northern Colorado Young Republicans. His campaign has raised more than $2,700 and has spent about $2,354.
State Representative, House District 63
Richard Holtorf: A state representative — currently for House District 64 — a rancher, farmer, feedlot manager and retired U.S. Army colonel, Holtorf supports small and large business, the energy industry, private property rights, the Second Amendment and agriculture. His endorsements include the National Rifle Association, Sonnenberg and Morgan County republicans. Campaign finance filings weren’t available as of Thursday.
Jessie Vance: Mayor and lifelong resident of Eckley, Vance hopes to be a voice for rural Colorado, support the energy industry and protect Second Amendment rights. His endorsements include former Colorado Sen. Greg Brophy. His campaign has raised more than $13,000 as well as more than $5,000 in loans and has spent about $8,969.
Weld County Commissioner At-Large
Kevin Ross: A former Weld County commissioner and former Eaton mayor, Ross plans to keep the county debt-free without raising taxes, protect and secure water rights in the county, support the oil and gas and agriculture industries and tackle transportation issues. His endorsements include Moreno, Reams and Weld County Commissioner Scott James. His campaign has raised more than $83,000 and has spent about $33,517.
Elijah Hatch: A business owner and former Weld County Council member, Hatch hopes to make the county “even more pro-business,” protect water in the county, support oil and gas, fight for limited government and maintain individual liberties. His campaign has raised $200 as well as $150,000 in loans and has spent about $99,043.
CU Regent, 8th Congressional District
Yolanda Ortega: With decades of experience as an administrator in higher education, Ortega wants to relieve the financial burden for students without incurring massive debt, support quality academic programs, research and classroom experiences, support comprehensive career development initiatives and promote an inclusive and equitable experience. Her endorsements include CU Regent Nolbert Chavez, Regent Emerita Irene Griego and Colorado Rep. Adrienne Benavidez. Her campaign has raised more than $9,100 as well as $1,300 in loans and has spent about $1,277.
Rosanna Reyes: A registered nurse who has taught in CU classrooms and clinics and former president of the Tri-County Health Department, Reyes’ priorities include affordability for youth, adults and families, accessibility for students, adult learners and potential employers and building a system that responds to the needs of students, educators, employers and taxpayers. Her endorsements include Colorado Ceasefire, Colorado Sen. Faith Winter and Colorado Rep. David Ortiz. Her campaign has raised $7,160 and has spent $2,870.