Ryan Frazier is an official candidate in the June Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Denver District Court Judge Elizabeth Starrs ruled Wednesday that Frazier had "substantially complied" with the Colorado law for getting on a ballot.

Frazier is the third candidate to make the ballot after challenging a Secretary of State determination they had failed to turn in enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot.

Two other candidates got on the ballot without incident.

All five will face off at a debate June 8 hosted by The Gazette and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Frazier was the only candidate who took his case to the Colorado Supreme Court. The court ruled that Starrs had erred by not counting some signatures, and the court remanded 51 signatures back to Starrs for reconsideration. Starrs ruled Wednesday in a conference call with the Secretary of State and Frazier's attorneys that enough of those signatures were valid to put the former Aurora City Councilman on the ballot.

In Colorado it takes 10,500 signatures from valid registered voters of a candidate's political party to get on the ballot. Of those signatures 1,500 must come from each of Colorado's seven congressional districts. In addition, the petition gatherer must be a registered voter affiliated with the candidate's party, and each petition must be notarized and signed.

Registered voters may sign the petition for a single candidate in each race and it is first come, first serve.

Candidates may go through Colorado's complex caucus and assembly process to get on the ballot. Ten candidates tried that route this year and only El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn made it out of the assembly with enough votes to put him on the ballot.

Jon Keyser, Robert Blaha and Jack Graham are the other candidates on the ballot.


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