Cedaredge area businessman Mark Eckhart has filed the necessary paperwork with the Colorado secretary of state's office and is listed as an unaffiliated candidate for county commissioner in the Delta County District 2 race. He told the DCI on Monday that a campaign announcement will take place soon.
According to the county elections department, Eckhart will need 238 valid signatures to petition on to November's general election ballot.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.