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There won’t be two Georges running for Colorado attorney general after all. Saying he believes it’s important for the GOP to “consolidate behind one candidate” for attorney general, George Leing, Colorado’s Republican National Committeeman and a former congressional candidate, announced Monday that he won’t be joining one-time gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler in the race.
Attorney General Cynthia Coffman wasn’t only taking a gamble with her political future Wednesday when she jumped from a run for re-election to a slot in Colorado’s crowded Republican gubernatorial primary — she was creating an open seat a year before the election and throwing another curve into a cycle that’s been full of them.
Republican George Brauchler is considering jumping from Colorado’s crowded gubernatorial primary to a run for attorney general after Republican incumbent Cynthia Coffman announced Wednesday she was switching to the governor’s race, his campaign said.
Colorado’s Republican National Committee members are joining the chorus of GOP stalwarts urging the party’s central committee to reject a proposal to opt out of the primary election next year rather than allow unaffiliated voters to participate.
After serving 15 years in the Legislature, state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, a Berthoud Republican, hopes to bring what he’s learned about Colorado government to the office of state treasurer. On Saturday, Lundberg declared he’s running for the open seat in next year’s election, becoming the fourth Republican in a primary race that’s likely to get even more crowded.
Three candidates for Colorado state treasurer — two Republicans and a Democrat — reported their campaign fundraising totals this week. While none of them broke the bank, they all said they’re happy with what they managed to raise in what was the initial reporting period for all three.
There’s been plenty of buzz about potential candidates of both persuasions for the open seat in the 2nd Congressional District next year now that five-term incumbent Democrat Jared Polis is running for governor. But state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, the Berthoud Republican who ran against Polis in 2012, wants to make it clear he isn’t one of them.
When Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn and some of her neighbors realized they lived in a large, sparsely populated patch of the state that wasn’t covered by fire protection services, they put together their own volunteer fire department. Some 244 square miles between Steamboat Springs and Vail, it turned out, fell between areas covered by surrounding fire departments, but none were responsible for responding to calls.
State Rep. Justin Everett, a Littleton Republican, announced Tuesday morning that he’s running for state treasurer in next year’s election.