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March 27, 2012 02:14 AM UTC

Brian Carroll Exits House Race...Again

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  • by: Colorado Pols

This has got to be some sort of record or something.

Today Democrat Brian Carroll announced that he was ending his campaign for the state legislature in HD-28, meaning that he has now entered and exited the same State House race twice in 6 months.

Last fall Carroll inexplicably decided to run for the House against incumbent Andy Kerr, who only has one term left. Carroll ended his campaign rather quickly, but it all became a moot point when reapportionment convinced Kerr to run for the State Senate (SD-22) instead.

With Kerr running for a different seat, Carroll announced in January that he would again be running for HD-28. A month later, Democrat Brittany Petterson announced that she would also run in HD-28, and she quickly began collecting a strong list of endorsements.

At the Jefferson County Democratic Assembly on Saturday, Petterson bested Carroll with 80% of the vote, meaning that Carroll could only make it onto the primary ballot by going the petition route. Apparently he won’t bother, and is instead dropping out of the same race for the second time in 6 months.

Said Carroll:

“I began this journey with the intent to affect positive change in my community and to be a part of meeting the needs of our state. My dedication and commitment to serve my community, state and country will never wane. While I continue to believe that my background and experience well qualify me to represent House District 28, taking back the State House is too important to split critical resources in this fight. This is just the beginning for me in helping elect good Democrats in Lakewood and across our great state, including my endorsement of Brittany Pettersen for House District 28.”

We’d say it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a “journey,” since his campaign isn’t even entering month #3. And while it makes for an interesting trivia question to drop out of the same race twice in 6 months, it also all but ensures that Carroll won’t be getting elected to anything anytime soon. For one thing, nobody is going to donate a cent to his campaign if he runs again in the next 10 years.

You can read the full press release after the jump.

***Brian Carroll to Discontinue Campaign for Colorado State House District 28***

Army Veteran to support Democratic Candidate Brittany Pettersen in House District Run

Lakewood, CO – Army Veteran and Colorado Army National Guardsman Brian Carroll will discontinue his run for Colorado State House District 28 today.

“I began this journey with the intent to affect positive change in my community and to be a part of meeting the needs of our state,” said Brian Carroll. He went on, “My dedication and commitment to serve my community, state and country will never wane. While I continue to believe that my background and experience well qualify me to represent House District 28, taking back the State House is too important to split critical resources in this fight. This is just the beginning for me in helping elect good Democrats in Lakewood and across our great state, including my endorsement of Brittany Pettersen for House District 28.”

Carroll continued, “I want to send my most heartfelt thanks to my supporters, volunteers, family and friends along with the community leaders that have made this experience very special to me. I greatly value the personal relationships that I have fostered throughout this process. I look forward to growing those relationships as I intend to put my problem-solving skills to work towards our shared goals of creating safe places for the next generation to learn and grow, promote good-paying jobs so that our communities thrive, protecting the environment, and most importantly, fighting for social and economic justice.”

He concluded, “I will continue to fulfill my dedication to service with the Colorado Army National Guard, to support Veterans and our issues across the State and country, and in new opportunities with the Democratic Party and in my community of Lakewood. As a young man I have learned critically valuable lessons through this Democratic process, lessons that will be with me my entire life. I look forward to learning more as I stay actively engaged in Lakewood and Colorado.”

Brian works as Senior Information Technology Manager for the Colorado Army National Guard.

Crossposted from Colorado Pols.

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