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Gazette Premium Content Libertarian candidate files signatures to get on Morse recall ballot

By Megan Schrader Published: August 26, 2013

Only one candidate took advantage of the court-ordered longer-window to get a name on the ballot for the upcoming recall elections.

Jan Brooks, a 31-year-old Libertarian, turned in signatures Monday before the deadline to put her name on the Senate District 11 recall ballot to oust Sen. John Morse from office.

The Secretary of State's Office will likely count and verify the signatures tomorrow. If 1,000 of the signatures are from valid registered voters, Brooks will appear on the ballot.

Bernie Herpin, a Republican and former city councilman, had qualified a month ago to appear on the ballot as a potential replacement.

No additional candidates met the deadline to get on the ballot in the recall election for Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo.

Voters on Sept. 10 will first vote 'yes' or 'no' to the question if Morse, D-Colorado Springs, should be removed from office.

Then, voters will be asked if Morse is removed from office who should replace him.

Two hopeful candidates had filed and won a lawsuit against the state saying the short-window of opportunity to qualify for the recall ballot was unconstitutional. Neither of those candidates met the new court-imposed deadline to qualify.

Brooks was born and raised in Colorado Springs and returned home after living briefly in Hawaii.

She's a sales manager who has never run for political office but decided to run in the recall to give a voice back to voters who are being ignored, she said.

"My first focus is the will of the people and to represent my constituents," Brooks said. "I will protect our inalienable rights, restore confidence in the office by being accountable and responsive to the district."

Brooks and her wife Amanda were married almost a year ago in Washington state. They bought a home in Senate District 11 in 2009. Brooks also has a daughter.

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Contact Megan Schrader

719-286-0644

Twitter: @CapitolSchrader

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