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Manriquez officially enters Teller County sheriff’s race

Published: July 11, 2014, 10:42 am, by Matt Steiner

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Mark Manriquez

It’s official.

Mark Manriquez will definitely run against Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger in November.

Manriquez, who lost to Ensminger in a heated contest in 2010, turned in his petition to run on Thursday with “more than enough” signatures, according to Teller County Chief Deputy Clerk & Recorder Stephanie Fisher. Manriquez needed 144 valid signatures to guarantee his place on the ballot.

Manriquez lost the Republican primary in 2010 and is running unaffiliated this year.

According to Manriquez’s campaign website, he has 35 years of law enforcement experience, including more than 28 with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He has worked for the last 6.5 years with the Colorado State Division of Gaming. He has managed investigations, patrol and detentions, the website says.

Manriquez is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, his website said. He is the middle school football coach in Woodland Park.

Prior to this year’s Republican primary election in which Mike Ensminger won with 85 percent of the vote (about 15 percent went to a write-in candidate), the sheriff acknowledged that the 2010 race between him and Manriquez was less than friendly.

“It was very contentious last time and I suspect it will be this time as well,” Ensminger said.