Secretary of State: Ricks’ petition for Aurora’s HD 42 invalid over signature issues


AURORA | Less than a week after submitting her petition signatures for the House District 42 race, Democratic hopeful Naquetta Ricks has suffered a big obstacle toward making the November general election.

Naquetta RicksIn a Thursday, April 7, announcement, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office said they have notified the Aurora Democrat that the petition she submitted Monday, April 4, for the Democratic primary was invalid due to how the signatures were gathered.

Ricks has five days to appeal the invalidation. Ricks’ other option would be to file a write-in affidavit no later than April 22.

Eric Nelson and Dominique Jackson already qualified for the June 28 primary ballot after each receiving at least 30 percent of delegate votes at an Arapahoe County Democratic caucus held earlier this year.

The Secretary of State’s office is currently checking signatures for another 17 candidates from across the state. Two candidates — Republicans Bob Gardner and Larry Liston of El Paso County — have already had their signatures approved. Secretary of State’s office spokeswoman Lynn Bartels says the office aims to finish checking petition signatures by April 22, a week ahead of the setting of primary ballots.