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What you need to know before Colorado primary election

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The deadline for Colorado's primary election is quickly approaching, with three big races to pay attention to in Southern Colorado.

On the Democrat ballot, Former Governor John Hickenlooper and former Colorado Senator Andrew Romanoff are battling for the chance to go against the incumbent, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.

In El Paso and Teller counties, Republicans and unaffiliated voters have the chance to vote for the next 4th Judicial District Attorney, currently held by Dan May.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen is facing off with current County Commissioner Mark Waller. Both are Republicans, and there is no Democrat running.

Allen says he's the right candidate for the job because, "you have to have in your DA the ability to take on high profile cases. They are very demanding. They're very specialized and you need background knowledge and experience to do those cases. I've got it and my opponent simply doesn't."

Waller on the other hand believes his leadership roles makes him better for the position.

"I've also been a big part of managing large budgets, and large numbers of people and you've got to have leadership training experience necessary to be successful and that's something he just simply doesn't have," he explained.

In Pueblo, two county commissioner seats are opening up, but the race for District 2 has come with contention. Current Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz and former Colorado State Senator Abel Tapia are vying for the seat on Tuesday's election.

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Krystal Story

Krystal is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Krystal here.

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