Miklosi Will Challenge Coffman in CD-6

From the Associated Press:

DENVER-Democrat Joe Miklosi of Denver says he’s made up his mind and will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in the Denver suburbs next year.

Miklosi has filed paperwork to run against the two-term incumbent. Miklosi currently lives in southeast Denver, not the 6th Congressional District. Miklosi, who has been mulling a congressional run for a while, says he’ll move to the 6th District as soon as a court settles on new district lines.

“I’m running because I want to restore job growth, economic growth, to increase prosperity,” said Miklosi, who works for a Centennial nonprofit that sends medical supplies to developing countries and was elected to the state Legislature in 2008.

Miklosi is gambling that the ultimate district will become friendlier for a Democrat. The current 6th District leans heavily toward the GOP but must shrink because of population growth over the last decade. Miklosi says he plans to move to Centennial or Greenwood Village.

Well, it looks like the Republicans will have their hands full in 2012, fighting three extremely strong challengers for seats that are seeming more and more vulnerable every day. Wait, did Coffman vote for that Ryan Vouchercare deal?

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  1. Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

    Welcome to the wonderful world of front page posting.

  2. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    Because the only way Miklosi gets within 15 of Coffman is a district made by Dems, for Dems. I hope for his sake that the courts prove what shameless partisans they are, but for the sake of the rest of the state, and the good people of today’s CD-6, I hope they don’t.

    Should have listened to Matt Arnold about Clearing that Bench!

  3. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    Coffman voted to replace Medicare with a voucher plan. Coffman voted to force the next generation of senior citizens to pay most of their retirement money on health care that the last generation didn’t.

    Coffman is quite vulnerable, as long as he doesn’t get to run in Tom Tancredo’s ‘we’ll elect any R no matter how embarrassing’ district.

    Republicans fear competitive districts, and the whole world is about to see why!

  4. This is probably the strongest challenger Democrats have fielded for CO-06 in a long time.

    It seems that most of the maps – including the GOP maps – turn CO-06 into a more competitive district; that means it’s more likely that Coffman winds up with a real fight on his hands this time around.

    Good luck, Joe.

  5. DevilishlyModerate says:

    Do you have any idea when the final districts will be finalized?

  6. abraham says:

    I think now with Sal and Brandon in the Congressional sweepstakes and neither resigning his seat, there is no chance of a special session.

    Besides, I think the Governor has probably assessed the probabilities of something meaningful being produced and is not going to be enthusiastic about calling a special session and spending taxpayer money with a likely deadlock.  Remember, he tried to bring the sides together during the Spring and it did not work.

    I would not be surprised to see a ballot issue down the road that puts Congressional district boundary adjustments under the Redistricting Commission.

    I’d vote for it.

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