Two Republicans who have expressed interest in Sen. John Morse's seat if Morse is recalled, agreed Friday to civilly settle the question of who would run within the county party.
The only Republicans who have opened petitions to get on a possible recall ballot against the Colorado Springs Democrat, Jaxine Bubis and Bernie Herpin signed formal agreements with the Colorado El Paso County Republican Party committing to a process that will leave the party with a single candidate, Daniel Cole, director of operations for the local party, said Saturday in a news release. One will become the party nominee, the other will drop out of the race.
Cole said only county Republicans will be involved in the undisclosed process of choosing a candidate. The party began considering the likelihood of multiple candidates at the end of May.
Just 1,000 signatures are required to petition onto the Senate District 11 recall ballot, and people can file themselves under any party they choose. Cole said the party is not expecting any others to run on the Republican ticket.
"We can't stop anybody," Cole said. "But at this point in the game people have had quite a while to announce their intentions to run."
Bubis and Herpin have begun collecting signatures and endorsements, which Cole believes furthers their advantage.
"I don't think another candidate at this time would find a whole lot of supporters," he said.
Opponents of the Democrat filed more than enough valid signatures with the secretary of state's office earlier this month to hold the recall election. It is tied up in a protest to legal language, which will likely be decided Wednesday.
Cole said the undisclosed process to decide a Republican nominee will occur as soon as possible - July 9.
Any decisions earlier than that, Cole said, would be too hasty. "Also because of July 4," he added, as the party is looking forward to a float in the Monument parade.