Who’s In, Who’s Out for Congress?

UPDATE: The Colorado Democratic Party confirmed this afternoon that Charles “Chaz” Tedesco failed to meet the 30% threshold for ballot access in CO-08. Yadira Caraveo is thus the Democratic nominee for CO-08 in 2022.

Democrats held most of their congressional assemblies on Tuesday, which means we have a pretty good idea of which candidates are going to be on the Primary ballot in June in the various congressional races in Colorado.

We’re still waiting on announcements regarding petition signatures for a few candidates, as well as the results from a handful of GOP assemblies. Republican congressional assemblies in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 are on Friday, April 8.


CO-01 (Denver)


😀 Incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette qualified via assembly
😐 Neil Walia is still waiting on petition verification


😮 No Republican candidate has filed to run in this district



CO-02 (North and West Colorado)


😀 Incumbent Rep. Joe Neguse qualified via assembly


😮 No Republican candidate has filed to run in this district



CO-03 (West and Southern Colorado)


 😀 Sol Sandoval qualified via assembly
 😀 Alex Walker qualified via petition
 😀 Adam Frisch qualified via petition
 🙁 State Rep. Don Valdez failed to make threshold at assembly; his campaign is now over.


 😐 Incumbent Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert is going through assembly process
 😐 Maria Zimmerman is going through assembly process
 😐 State Sen. Don Coram is still waiting on petition verification



CO-04 (Eastern Plains)


😀 Ike McCorkle qualified via assembly


😐 Incumbent Rep. Ken Buck is on the ballot via the assembly (but barely)
😐 Bob Lewis is on the ballot after winning the GOP assembly




CO-05 (Colorado Springs)


 😀 David Torres qualified via assembly
 😀 Michael Colombe qualified via assembly


 😀 State Rep. Dave Williams qualified via assembly
 😀 Incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn qualified via petition
 😀 Rebecca Keltie qualified via petition



CO-06 (Aurora-ish)


 😀 Incumbent Rep. Jason Crow qualified via assembly




CO-07 (Jefferson County-ish)


 😀 State Sen. Brittany Pettersen qualified via assembly


 😀 Tim Reichert qualified via petition
 😐 Erik Aadland failed to qualify via petition but took top line at assembly
  😐 Laurel Imer qualified for the Primary ballot via assembly



CO-08 (North Metro-ish)


😀 State Rep. Yadira Caraveo qualified both via petition and assembly
🙁 Adams County Commissioner Chaz Tedesco did not qualify for the ballot via assembly; his campaign is now over


😀 Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine qualified via assembly
😀 State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer qualified via petition
😀 Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann qualified via petition
😀 Tyler Allcorn qualified via petition
🙁 Jewels Gray failed to qualify via assembly; her campaign is over pending petition review


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18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ohwilleke says:

    How do Williams and Keltie compare to Lamborn?

    It isn't a high threshold to be better than him, but we've learned from experience that one can be even worse. CO-5 is probably an easy GOP win for the primary winner, after all.

    • 2Jung2Die says:

      Don't know Keltie, but I'd say Williams is younger, brasher, more animated (super-low bar), and harder-right than Lamborn. I probably don't agree with him on anything, but he seems fairly sharp when he speaks and states his cases with clarity. He's definitely staking out a far-right position in this race, plus here's a quote from Colorado Politics after assembly:

      "I'm going to be just like Lauren Boebert, though not as pretty," Williams cracked.

    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      Williams and Keltie versus Lamborn?

      That is like comparing Botulism to E-coli and Salmonella.

      • Voyageur says:

        Keltie web site paints her as a high school grad, single mother of two, 21 year Navy veteran who believes the future of civilization depends on sealing the Southern border and stopping critical race theory.

        Lamborn would probably do the least damage of the three, if only by sleeping in more.

  2. Thorntonite says:

    Has Tedesco qualified via petitions in CD-8?

  3. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    Where is Moderatus at a time like this when we need clarity as to who it is we are supposed to fear the most?

  4. kwtree says:

    Pols, it’s Marina Zimmerman for CD3 – not Maria. Get it right.

    We understand that you’re fixated on mine polluter Don Coram vs. Boebert, but we can do better than “ not a total asshole. “

    • Voyageur says:

      Face it.  CD3 is not AOC territory.  With or without the n, Zimmerman won’t make the ballot.

      • kwtree says:

        And Zimmerman is very far from an AOC. But still better than NATA (not a total asshole) Coram.

        • Voyageur says:

          If Zimmerman actually was far from AOC, tree, you'd hate her guts.

        • Duke Cox says:

          I must admit, I am disappointed so many people think Don Coram would be an improvement over “Pew Pew”.

          Guys like Coram are responsible for decades of destruction to Colorados’ natural resources. He will work hard to promote the OilyBoyz and, while he isn’t an ignorant blowhard like the present office holder, he will diligently represent resource exploiters everywhere.

          Like I said before…Boebert is an ineffectual, self-centered, show pony who accomplishes nothing except embarrassing her party. In fact, having her in office does more for her opponents than her supporters.

          I repeat… Don Coram will not be an improvement over “Calamity Jane” Boebert. Unless what he says is more important to you than what he does.

  5. gertie97 says:

    Voyageur is correct.

    I’ll take not a total asshole for Congress.


  6. What's up with the CO-06 Republican "list"?

  7. Colorado Pols says:

    We'll update after tomorrow's CO-06 assembly. There are a couple of no-name candidates who have filed to run as Republicans, but we don't know enough about any of them to speculate.

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