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The political action committee founded by gun-reform activist Gabrielle Giffords is throwing $50,000 behind an ad supporting Aurora mayoral candidate Omar Montgomery, the group announced Wednesday.

The ad draws a contrast between Montgomery, the head of the Aurora chapter of the NAACP and a survivor of gun violence, and former Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, his chief competitor in the six-candidate mayoral race.

Montgomery, the ad says, is ready to "lead on gun reform" and "not follow the NRA" like Coffman, who earned an A-rating from the National Rifle Association during his congressional career.

Giffords PAC and the associated Giffords nonprofit spent $2 million to help defeat Coffman in last year's congressional election, when the incumbent lost his bid for a sixth term.

"Coloradans kicked Mike Coffman out of Washington in 2018, yet he's resurfaced to try a comeback in Aurora," said Joanna Belanger, the PAC's political director, in the release. "We won't stand for it, and we're proud to support a strong leader like Omar Montgomery."

The Nov. 5 municipal race "could be decided by just a handful of votes," the Giffords PAC's website states.

Ballots for the all-mail election should start arriving in voters' mailboxes next week.

Giffords, a former Democratic member of Congress from Arizona, traveled to Aurora last month to endorse Montgomery at his campaign headquarters.

Montgomery was recently endorsed by the Democratic members of Colorado's congressional delegation — U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette of Denver, Joe Neguse of Lafayette, Ed Perlmutter of Arvada and Jason Crow of Aurora, who unseated Coffman in last year's election.

Giffords was among those wounded at a 2011 mass shooting outside a supermarket in Tucson. Six were killed in the attack at a public event.

Colorado Politics' Joey Bunch, Ernest Luning and Marianne Goodland contributed to this report.

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