Pitkin County elects its county officials differently than every other county in Colorado. This is because as a county, Pitkin has adopted a 'Home Rule Charter' setting forth the qualifications of county officers and the manner in which they are elected. In particular, Pitkin County's Home Rule Charter provides equality of access to the primary election ballot by all candidates regardless of their political party affiliation, while preserving each candidate’s ability to seek the designation of his or her political party if he or she chooses to do so. Moreover, the Home Rule Charter imposes campaign finance restrictions – on candidates for county offices, political committees that support or oppose them, and committees supporting or opposing issues or questions referred to the electorate by the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners - that are different from the campaign finance rules applicable to candidates for statewide, state district, school board, and hospital district offices among others.
2020 Candidate Packet
Candidate information packets for 2020 can be found here.
Campaign Finance Filing
Please see below for due dates for reports on campaign finances contributions and expenditures.
Reports must be filed by:
County Candidates and Candidate Committees
Pitkin County Issue Committees
Individuals making independent expenditures greater than or equal to $250.00
Elected Official Filing
If you receive any qualifying items during the year, you must also file a Gifts, Honoraria and other Benefits Disclosure Report, due following the quarterly reporting calendar. You can find the required form here.
* Date is affected by holiday or weekend.