El Paso County Democrats will hold their assembly at 9 a.m. Saturday at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Berger Hall.

Gov. John Hickenlooper will speak at the event before heading to the Pueblo County Assembly.

Delegates who were elected during precinct caucus meetings will vote for Democrats to represent them in county-level races.

The big news Saturday will be the nomination of Lois Fornander for House District 15, a seat held now by Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs. Waller is running for Attorney General in November, which will leave his seat vacant.

Already, four Republicans have entered the race to replace Waller. The entrance of a Democrat in the race ensures that the winner of the June 24 GOP primary will face a general election in November.

The El Paso County Republican Party is holding its county assembly on March 29, also at UCCS, and will have several primary races to set.

There are no county-level primaries on the Democratic side.

But two incumbent Democrats - Rep. Pete Lee and Rep. Tony Exum - will be nominated for re-election, along with a new candidate, Glenn Carlson, who is running for House District 14 against Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Nordberg.

Christy Le Lait, executive director of the El Paso County Democratic Party, said Joe Neguse, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, will be at the assembly, along with Don Quick, candidate for Attorney General.

Neguse is expected to face El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams in the general election as they try to replace Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who is running for the GOP nominee for governor.

Quick will face the winner of a Republican primary between Waller and candidate Cynthia Coffman.

Candidates for those statewide offices will be set at the state assemblies for the GOP and Democrats on April 12.


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