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September 28, 2007 04:22 PM UTC

CU Regent Runs for Ron Tupa's SD-18 Seat

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Boulder Daily Camera reports:

University of Colorado Regent Cindy Carlisle said Thursday she intends to run for a state Senate seat that will become vacant in 2009 and represents much of Boulder.

The Democrat could have a lot of company on the primary ballot: A former Boulder County sheriff, an ex-city judge, a onetime gubernatorial candidate and two former Boulder City Council members are all weighing campaigns for the Senate District 18 seat held by the term-limited Sen. Ron Tupa, D-Boulder…

One of just three Democrats on the nine-member Board of Regents, Carlisle said it would be an exciting opportunity to work with the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Bill Ritter, also a Democrat.

Other potential SD-18 candidates mentioned by the Camera include ex-Boulder County sheriff George Epp and former gubernatorial candidate Rollie Heath.

Meanwhile, Tupa is still talking about joining the crowded primary field for Rep. Mark Udall’s CD-2 House seat:

“I’m mulling it over,” Tupa said. “Almost half of the voters come from Boulder, which I’ve represented for 13 years.”

Colorado Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, Boulder environmentalist Will Shafroth and entrepreneur Jared Polis have announced their candidacies for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

I would be a significant shake-up for Sen. Tupa to enter the CD-2 race, though perhaps more reflective of lingering tension between Tupa and CD-2 frontrunner Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald than a serious bid. We would question whether Tupa has the resources to effectively engage in a race that is producing eye-popping fundraising numbers and already well underway. If Tupa really is still thinking about CD-2, he had better start thinking really hard, really fast – he’ll be two fundraising quarters behind next week.

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8 thoughts on “CU Regent Runs for Ron Tupa’s SD-18 Seat

  1. Joe Neguse, former CU tri exe and former assistant to speaker Romanoff is thinking about throwing his hat in for Regent and is racking up an impressive list of endorsements.

  2. Francois has a great base in Boulder from years on Council, and is very popular. This will come down to Carlisle and her, and will be a barn-burner. LOTS of reasons for CD2 Dems to turn out next August!

  3. It has been a long summer and now that everyone has come back to town from wherever – eureka! Something to to do for the rich and bored.

    Yes, Carlisle voted to slap Churchill’s left knuckle but let him keep his position and salary. That is the most effort that she put into anything in six years as a regent. Immediately thereafter, The Regent went on vacation and was unavailable to explain her vote or the notion that Ward is a bad boy, but not really a very bad boy. Maybe she was thinking ahead.

    Beware Poinsette! She might get you into a conversation on the END OF THE WORLD and you will not be able to get to Video Station in time to avoid balloon late fees and therefor bankruptcy. You might well lose your house in the bargain.

    It is sweet to think that a CU tri-exec could win the seat. After all, didn’t the very Honerable Mr Tupa begin as a student activist?

    Well, no. He began as a recent-student schemer who figured out the vacancy/replacement rules. It was the absolute pinnacle of his career. Unfortunately, the 16 students in Boulder during August are actually trying to get their degrees and will not be available to persuade the dyspeptic burgers and instant middling millionaires to turn in their ballots. Oh, well.

    As for the rest of the list, a municipal judge who was eased out for being a “bad fit” (do you need a translation), a very nice octogenarian loser, the Sheriff who would never arrest anyone and ….

    There is undoubtedly a very amusing story here, but there isn’t a good candidate anywhere. Don’t worry. Between the advent of the conference football season and the arrival of a sufficient base in the mountains there will be a dozen more who take a flyer. At least, for the benefit of the Daily Camera.

    I repeat, Oh well! The seat is jinxed.

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