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According to documents filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office on Thursday, December 29th, Brian Carroll will again be seeking election to Colorado’s 28th House District.
Carroll originally filed to run for HD28 in the midst of the reapportionment process and got significant press coverage as the first openly gay soldier to run for political office after the historic repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which effectively ended in the summer of 2011.
However, his district already had an incumbent Democrat, Representative Andy Kerr, who quickly mobilized an impressive list of pro-LGBT rights individuals and organizations for a fundraiser.
After several days of pressure, Carroll withdrew his candidacy and accepted a position as interim Chair of the first Colorado Democratic Veterans and Military Council for the Colorado Democratic Party.
However, when the final district maps were approved in December, Rep. Andy Kerr (D), Rep Ken Summers (R), and Rep. Max Tyler (D), were all placed into HD23, and Republican HD23 candidate Amy Attwood was moved into HD28 and was now the sole candidate for that seat.
Shortly after, both Kerr and Summers announced that they will be running for the Senate in district 22, rather than take on Rep. Tyler.
All of this shuffling provided an opportunity for Carroll, who many considered to be an ideal candidate running at the wrong time, to reactivate his campaign for the State House.
District 28, while relatively balanced in voter registration, tends to lean Democratic in voting history.