Candidates start process to get on primary ballots

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Campaigns for Colorado's governor's race are underway, and the candidates might want your signature.

Statewide campaigns are being sent out to gather the 10,500 voter signatures needed to get their candidates on the ballot. To petition, the candidates must collect 1,500 signatures from registered voters in their party in each of the state's seven congressional districts within two months.

For local races, candidates generally try the other option for getting on the primary which is the caucus.

"Typically we get partisan candidates thru the political parties," said Sheila Reiner, the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder. "It's the most commonly used way but sometimes we will get people who petition to be on."

Starting this year unaffiliated voters can take part in the party primaries.

You can choose a preference party through the state's voting website, or you will be mailed a Democratic and Republican ballot. You will only be allowed to submit one.

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