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October 08, 2007 07:25 PM UTC

Race to Replace Romanoff Getting Crowded

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  • by: Colorado Pols


The race to replace House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who is term-limited in his HD-6 seat, is getting more and more crowded.

Democrats Lois Court and Tom Russell have already announced their intentions to run, and Josh Hanfling is about to add his name to the list. While Court jumped out early in the race as the first announced candidate, she may soon fall into the second tier because of the ability of Russell and Hanfling to raise significantly more money.

Russell, a law professor at Denver University, is supporter by the Trial Lawyers and will have no trouble raising serious cash. Hanfling is also a prodigious fundraiser, and he and Russell will likely both raise more than $100,000. The question now is whether or not Court will be able to trade financial blows.

In other Denver legislative races, Beth McCann made it official on Friday that she would run for the seat being vacated by Rosemary Marshall in HD-8. Colorado Pols first reported McCann’s candidacy last week.

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15 thoughts on “Race to Replace Romanoff Getting Crowded

    1. I also received Liz Adams’ mailing.  At the Disctrict 6 Democrats picnic, she stood out from the others. Liz has the experience and talent to win. If you want to know more go to lizadams.org

  1. Lois Court is, and will remain, a top tier candidate.
    She will have more than enough money to get done what she needs to, and you can count on this race drawing a lot of free media for all involved.

    Russell looks like he has some deep pocketed friends, but there are tight limits on a House race. After the first couple of quarters the depth of your support starts to overtake the wealth of your inner circle.
    Money does have a way of seeping in around the edges, of course, but I would not underestimate the number of motivated friends Court has in the district.

    I think the pressure is on Russell to show that he can translate dollars to votes as effectively as a winning campaigner like Court can. 

  2. I have been told that Audrey Newman will announce soon for HD6 but have not seen a formal announcement or paperwork at the SoS’s office yet. I don’t know much else about her.

        1. I have often questioned the “affiliation date” that the Denver Elections Division submits to the state. I have since found out that Hanfling’s is greatly incorrect. It says he affiliated in 1993, but recent information shows he was an “R” up to very recently.

          Just goes to show: information is only as good as the source.

    1. I know Lois from her work on a number of campaigns. I worked with her when she managed Andy Kerr’s race where she completely nullified the Republican in what was supposed to have been a hotly contested seat.

      Sen. Hannah left, and Rep. Boyd was moved up creating a vacancy in HD-26. It was very unclear if the Dems would hold the seat with the rookie Kerr, but Court came out of it with a 61-39 win.

      I know her real chops are in policy, and not process, but she does bring a lot of campaign experience to her race.
      Being the candidate is a whole different ballgame from being a manager, as I am sure she and Joe Miklosi in HD9 will attest.

      But as with Miklosi, no matter who she picked to carry the managerial duties, I am certain she went into the selection process with a very knowledgeable eye.

          1. he was the guy who used to go after Bob larson the evangelical radio guy, and who sued everybody under the sun when he couldn’t get admitted to the bar.

            A smart guy (maybe not as smart as he thinks)who’s early failures (fame?) turned him into a lunatic.

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