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January 24, 2006 09:00 AM UTC

Dems Still Looking for AG Candidate

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Democrats are still looking for a candidate for Attorney General. State Party officials recently approached Alfredo Hernandez, a Deputy District Attorney in Denver, about running for Attorney General. Hernandez is the clear favorite to win the open seat in House District 1 being vacated by the term-limited Fran Coleman, and told officials that he preferred to stick with that race for the time being.

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  1. With Hickenlooper apparently still considering gettin in the Governor’s race, the obvious answer would be for him to run for Governor and Ritter to run for AG.

    We could then conceivably sweep the constitutional offices..

  2. With Hickenlooper apparently still considering gettin in the Governor’s race, the obvious answer would be for him to run for Governor and Ritter to run for AG.

    We could then conceivably sweep the constitutional offices..

  3. Interesting commentary, Alva, on Alfredo Hernandez’s chances in HD-1.

    I would think that Ben Coleman (Fran’s husband), has the upper hand in both name ID (how many people in both primary and general will think they are voting for the incumbent) and in party activist organization (Fran has ruled SW Denver’s Dem Party structure for at least 10 years).

    Certainly Alfredo has some good yuppie organizational people, but in that part of the city that could hurt as much as help.

  4. Interesting commentary, Alva, on Alfredo Hernandez’s chances in HD-1.

    I would think that Ben Coleman (Fran’s husband), has the upper hand in both name ID (how many people in both primary and general will think they are voting for the incumbent) and in party activist organization (Fran has ruled SW Denver’s Dem Party structure for at least 10 years).

    Certainly Alfredo has some good yuppie organizational people, but in that part of the city that could hurt as much as help.

  5. To say that ANY candidate has the upper hand in HD1 would premature.

    Alfredo Hernandez has some big name support, but has yet to show local support in the district.

    Ben Coleman has the benefit of his wife’s rather numerous supporters.

    Jeanne Labuda has recently demonstrated she has several dedicated campaigners from the district and seems to have the best organization of the 4 Dems so far.

    Margaret Atencio is very well know and very well liked. Even people who disagree with her politically say they like her. She also has an advantage as a state party official which she should be able to turn into a fundraising advantage.

    That race is just getting started and is going to be quite the show. I am looking forward to the Denver County Assembly to see who gets on the ballot. I suspect those who do not get enough votes to be put on the ballot by assembly will still have the petition option available to them if they wish to pursue it (meaning they will all likely get more than 10% of the delegates at the Assembly).

    SW Denver is going to be extra interesting in 2006 because that is also about half of SD32 which Dan Grossman recently said he was vacating.

  6. Nobody even likes Fran in that district, and most are glad she is term-limited. And her husband Ben is like 80 years old.

    Sorry Dan, but Atencio doesn’t have a fundraising advantage because she is a state party official. They can barely raise enough money to keep that office running. Labuda is the only other real contender, but everyone I’ve talked to says Alfredo is the one to beat. I’ve met all of the candidates and he’s the only one who really seems to have it all together.

  7. Maybe it would be more accurate to say Margaret has the advantage available to her if she uses it properly. I must admit some bias in favor of Margaret as she is one of my earliest friends in Colorado politics. But alas, I’m not in her district so can’t vote for her.

    I too have wondered about Ben’s age. Being a legislator is pretty much a non-stop rollercoaster from Jan. thru May. and that doesn’t count campaigning for the seat in the first place. I’ve wondered if he is up to it. However, being married to legislator, I would think he is already aware of this and feels he is.

    I agree Jeanne seems to have her act together. I am still waiting to see signs of support for Alfredo from the district itself. I understand he is pretty new there so that may be slowing him down a bit.

    Since Alfredo has no real name recognition on a statewide basis tells me that if the party approached him to run for AG, they are looking for a sacrifical donkey and don’t believe they can beat Suthers.

    I think the best scenario for the Dems (as I pointed out months ago) is that Hickenlooper run for Gov. and Ritter run for AG. That seems to me to be our best chance to win both seats.

    Treasurer and Sec. of State are going to be hard fought battles, mostly out of the limelight. The people who read this board will probably know a lot about those races but not the general populace as they are traditionally not covered much in depth by the media.

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