How CO gubernatorial candidates are trying to access the primary ballot

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Here’s what’s known about which gubernatorial candidates are trying to petition their way onto the primary ballot–and which ones will go through the caucus process.  Or both. And which ones won’t say.  Sources: here, here, here, here, and here.

DEMOCRATS

Caucus process

State Treasurer Cary Kennedy
Businessman Erik Underwood

Petition

Businessman Noel Ginsburg
Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne.

Both caucus process and petition

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis

Undecided

Former State Sen. Mike Johnston (working on petition)

REPUBLICANS

Caucus process

Former Co-Chair of the Colorado Trump Campaign Steve Barlock
Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter
Former Parker mayor Greg Lopez
Former Congressman Tom Tancredo

Petition

Businessman Victor Mitchell

Undecided

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton
Attorney General Cynthia Coffman
Businessman Doug Robinson

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. flatiron says:

    this caucus process is just dumb and undemocratic. Just let the people vote in a primary. And Colorado should consider a run-off to avoid having someone with 25% support win.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      No runoff. Plurality winner in a race with 6 or 7 RWNJ trying to outdo one another would be great. The wackiest would win. Remember Dan Maes? And that was the result of one on one primary.

    • The realistThe realist says:

      Actually, the caucus process is quite democratic, plus it provides for debate, questions and answers, plus allows the major political parties to decide who THEIR candidates will be on the primary ballot. If candidates are going to carry the name of a major political party, the party should have a say in who they will be.

      I can't speak for the Republicans, but the Democratic Party is very careful to make the caucus and assembly processes open, and guided by law and rule. Once candidates gain access to the primary ballot (through the caucus/assembly, or by petition) then everyone gets to vote in the Primary (Dems vote for the Dem candidates, and new this year, unaffiliateds pick a Dem or Repub ballot). 

      • PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

        Not really.  How can any process be democratic that requires people to be in a specific location during a very narrow time to have their vote count?  My wife wanted to caucus in 2016, but was unable to because she was held over late at work by something that came up at the time of the caucus.  Voice silenced. I had even switched briefly from unaffiliated back to D because she wanted me to come to support her (it would have been her first, ever).  This is true primarily for poor and working class people, which causes caucuses to skew elite.

        It's well and fine for parties to have caucuses, they're private organizations, not public ones, but they will have to find ways to allow voting by folks who can't attend to be "democratic."

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