Independent Candidates Fell Short In 2018. What’s Next For Unite Colorado?

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Photo: Ballot Processing 8 | Taking ballots out of envelopes
Ken Anderson of Centennial and Vinny Martin of Littleton take sorted ballots out of envelopes at the Arapahoe County Elections Facility in Littleton, Colorado, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

Unite Colorado's five independent candidates in state legislative races each lost their elections, but the group remains optimistic for the future.

Executive director Nick Troiano, who also heads up the national arm of the group, Unite America, talked to Colorado Matters about next steps.

"Independent candidates won more votes in 2018 than the last seven election cycles combined," he said. "And what that tells us is there's forward momentum among voters in the state who want another option."

Of the five independent candidates running in Colorado legislative races, two did earn a significant number of votes. Thea Chase in Palisade got 34 percent of the vote, and Paul Jones in Durango earned 44 percent.

Unite Colorado is up against a complaint that alleges it violated state campaign finance laws.

"If what's being alleged in the complaint is true, it would violate the law, but the underlying fact is what's being alleged isn't (true) so we are eager to see this process work itself out and to show how this organization is not only fully compliant, but an important part of the dynamic going forward," Troiano said.

Editor's Note: The headline for this story was updated and quotes from the interview were added to better reflect the conversation that aired on Colorado Matters.