Vail Daily – Eagle Republican Matt Solomon is unanimous pick to face Dylan Roberts for Senate seat

Apr 14, 2022

Eagle Valley, CO – Solomon avoids a June primary race in race to fill open seat.

Matt Solomon didn’t know quite what to expect going into last weekend’s Colorado Republican State Assembly. He came out humbled.

Solomon, a former Eagle Town Council member, was running for State Senate District 8. Fellow Republican Rich Cimino, a Grand County Commissioner, was also running for the party’s nomination.

Solomon earned 73% of the delegate vote in the first round of voting, with Cimino trailing. Assembly rules require 30% of the vote to earn a spot on the primary ballot.

Before the second round of voting, Cimino asked his delegates to support Solomon, avoiding a primary race.

“With only two candidates you expect to have a primary,” Solomon said. That showed a party mindset of presenting voters with the “best candidate for the district,” Solomon said.

The new district is an open seat, meaning there’s no incumbent in the district. Dylan Roberts, an Avon Democrat currently serving as the Colorado House District 26 representative, is also running for the seat.

Eagle County Republican Party Chairwoman Kaye Ferry said avoiding a primary for a place on the November ballot is a big deal.

“That’s energy not wasted getting through another two months of this,” Ferry said.

Whether in a primary or general election race, Solomon said he plans to run the same type of campaign: positive, and focused on issues important to the district. That said, Solomon said he’ll defend his positions, and will point out where he thinks Roberts has erred as an elected official.

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