Boebert employee linked to QA and candidate for Rifle city council appears ineligible

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Bud Demicell, a registered candidate in the November election for Rifle, Colo. City council, likely does not qualify as a residency requirement to run in the municipal election.

According to the official Rifle website, “to run for municipal office, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, have resided in the town of Rifle for one year prior to the date of the election and be a qualified voter as defined by the laws of the State of Colorado. In addition, an appointment petition must be filed with the municipal clerk.

Demicell is a recently arrived Rifle resident, having moved from the Pueblo West area within the past year. With his wife Mona, the Demicell’s run Shooters’ Grill, a restaurant owned by US Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO). Mona would also work at Boebert’s campaign office in Rifle.

In order to qualify to be a candidate, Demicell would have had to be a resident of Rifle as of November 2, 2020.

Publicly available voter registration records, updated in September 2021, show the Demicells currently residing in Rifle.

However, Demicell’s social media posts from last October and November – weeks after the deadline for a suspected candidate to establish his residency in Rifle – show Bud Demicell was still living in Pueblo until mid-November. . A message from his wife Mona says he only arrived in Rifle on November 21, which would make him ineligible to run for city council in this electoral cycle.

As originally reported by Zachary Petrizzo in Salon, the Demicells have verified associations with QAnon, a group that traffics debunked and discredited conspiracy theories. They also promoted social media posts in favor of the anti-government militia group, the Three Percenters. Salon was also the first to report Demicells social media posts that verify Bud Demicell’s failure to meet Rifle’s residency requirements for city council candidates.

While residing in Pueblo, Demicell was an activist for conservative causes. At a Columbus Day protest in 2020, Bud Demicell was identified as a counter-protester with nationalist Proud Boys and members of the white supremacist motorcycle gang, Sons of Silence. and he would have fired a gun during an altercation with one of the demonstrators.

Additionally, while residing in Pueblo, Demicell participated in an attempted recall of Governor Jared Polis, but resigned his post with that organization due to a conflict of interest with his involvement in an attempt. recall of Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia. At the time, Demicell also expressed interest in running for Garcia’s seat.

At his campaign siteDemicell says “he believes in example, open lines of communication, full transparency and accountability for his actions as well as the actions of others.”

The appeals to Rifle’s city clerk since last Friday – inquiring about the filing of Demicell’s petition to nominate himself for municipal election, including a request for a copy of his candidate’s affidavit and questions about the vetting process – have not been returned. This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE (10/25/2021): A survey of Rifle City manager Tommy Klein regarding Demicell’s compliance with residency requirements prompted the following response, indicating that any potential challenge to Demicell’s candidacy has passed the 5-day deadline to do so, leaving him on this year’s ballot.

The city clerk accepts applications from members of our community who wish to run for a seat on council. As part of this process, potential applicants sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury stating:

1. They are citizens of the United States, [and] 2. They lived in Rifle for a year before the election.

Under our current code and state laws, the City does not have the power to investigate applicants beyond ensuring that the signatures they present to the clerk on the nomination petition are verifiable. We make sure that they file the appropriate documents with the clerk in a timely manner and sign the corresponding affidavits certifying their eligibility. Colorado’s Revised Statutes indicate how and when a citizen can challenge a candidate’s qualifications, which would be in a court that is equipped to hear such a competition. The City does not have the capacity to submit such a contest, only a registered voter of Rifle has this capacity.

Colorado State Law Confirms that “the qualification of any candidate may be contested by an eligible voter of the political subdivision within five days of the publication of the declaration of the designated election official attesting to the candidate for the ballot”.

By those criteria, the deadline would have been back in August of the first part of September for a Rifle voter to appear before a district judge to question the legitimacy of the candidates.

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