After state assemblies, here’s who’s still running for governor of Colorado

This past weekend had big implications for the governor’s race. The once-crowded field has started dwindling after both Democrats and Republicans held their state assemblies, where delegates voted for candidates to appear in the June primary.

Jared Polis (clockwise from top left), Cary Kennedy, Greg Lopez and Walker Stapleton. (Kevin J. Beaty and Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite) copolitics; colorado; politics; election; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Jared Polis (clockwise from top left), Cary Kennedy, Greg Lopez and Walker Stapleton. (Kevin J. Beaty and Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

This past weekend had big implications for the governor’s race. The once-crowded field has started dwindling after both Democrats and Republicans held their state assemblies, where delegates voted for candidates to appear in the June primary.


Stapleton rebounds big, Coffman’s run dies and former Parker mayor gets surprise boost during tumultuous Republican assembly

The first stop in the long, weird and winding road toward the Republican Primary lived up to the moniker party insiders had long preached: Anything can happen at state assembly.

Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton. The 2018 Republican State Assembly on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, April 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) copolitics; boulder; colorado; election; politics; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton. The 2018 Republican State Assembly on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, April 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This weekend’s stop in the long, weird and winding road toward the Republican Primary lived up to the reputation party insiders had long repeated: Anything can happen at state assembly.

And so it did, with State Treasurer Walker Stapleton — who wasn’t expected to even participate in Saturday’s assembly until days before — winning 43 percent of delegates to earn a spot on the June primary ballot.

But he wasn’t the day’s biggest surprise, or its second biggest.

The biggest came in the form of former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez, who swayed enough delegates to pass the 30 percent threshold to join Stapleton on the ballot to suddenly become a contender.


Rep. DeGette will face Saira Rao in the 1st Congressional District Democratic primary

DeGette received support from 270 delegates, while Rao received 161.

2018 Democratic Congressional District 1 candidate Saira Rao watches supporters take the stage at an assembly at South High School, April 13, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) copolitics; election; politics; denver; denverite; delegates; democrats; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
2018 Democratic Congressional District 1 candidate Saira Rao watches supporters take the stage at an assembly at South High School, April 13, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette will face a Democratic primary challenge from Denver resident Saira Rao, the only other candidate nominated to face the incumbent representative during Friday’s 1st Congressional District Assembly at South High School.

DeGette, an 11-term congresswoman from Denver, received support from 270 delegates (62.65 percent), while Rao, a former attorney and co-founder of a children’s publishing company, received 161 (37.35). The results were tabulated about 30 minutes after delegates heard from the candidates and submitted ballots. No other candidates were nominated.


HICKENWATCHER: Gov. Hickenlooper said Iowa was great, would consider sending troops to Mexico border

Governor John Hickenlooper's watch, April 12, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) copolitics; john hickenlooper; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; hickenwatcher; hickwatch;
Governor John Hickenlooper’s watch, April 12, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Gov. John Hickenlooper said Iowa, a state famous for corndogs and for being an important stop for presidential hopefuls to eat those corn ogs, was great.

Hickenlooper visited the Midwest state last week to participate in the Future Ready Iowa Summit (that name couldn’t be an less conspicuous) to discuss jobs. It prompted further speculation about his political aspirations.

“We spoke about workforce!” Hickenlooper told reporters  Thursday during a press conference. “I did not speak to Democrats. As a matter of fact, probably most people in that auditorium were mostly Republicans, I would guess. Probably not very useful.”


Colorado’s $28.9 billion state budget passes conference

A six-member conference committee rejected more than a dozen changes adopted by the two chambers.

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The Colorado State Capitol, Feb. 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The $28.9 billion Colorado state budget proposal has cleared another key hurdle.

A six-member conference committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to send the 2018-19 budget bill back to the full legislature after rejecting more than a dozen changes adopted by the two chambers.