Douglas County Republicans lock horns in dispute over commissioner seat – The Denver Post

In an unusual development that has exposed a rift among Republicans in what is one of Colorado’s reddest counties, lame-duck Commissioner Diane Holbert this week rebuffed a request by a colleague to step down to make room for the GOP candidate who is running for her seat this November.

The request by Commissioner Lora Thomas that Holbert temporarily return to her role as Douglas County treasurer to free up her seat for Abe Laydon, who won the June 26 GOP primary for that race, was made Tuesday at the commissioners’ meeting.

The suggestion was shot down immediately by Holbert, a Republican who was chosen commissioner by party officials in April after David Weaver left the board to become U.S. marshal for the District of Colorado.

“I was duly elected through the vacancy process — I am not a temporary commissioner,” Holbert said at the meeting. “It’s not a unique or temporary type one-off situation.”

Holbert lost to Laydon last month in the primary and Thomas said that election — where nearly 20,000 residents chose Laydon as the nominee as opposed to the 200 or so votes Holbert got from the Republican vacancy committee two months earlier — more genuinely reflects who the electorate wants.

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