Sonnenberg decides against U.S. Senate run but says two or three more candidates may jump in

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Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg.

Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg.

Colorado State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg will not join the growing field of Republicans vying to take on Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet next year.

Sonnenberg took a serious look at the race, but determined that he needed to focus on other priorities.

“There are issues that are affecting my district that will probably need to be dealt with this next legislative session,” he told me. “And between that and my farming and ranching operation, that has to be my highest priority.”

“It’s always tough to try to figure out how you can be that spokesperson for rural Colorado, and quite frankly, all of Colorado and a national level, and still maintain your real job,” he said when I asked him if he had a hard time making a decision on the run.

Sonnenberg declined to say whom he’d back in the Republican primary, explaining, “I anticipate there may be a couple three more actually get into the race. So it’s hard to say yet.”

Asked if he’d consider state-wide office in the future, Sonnenberg said, “I think that door is always open, depending on how the dominoes fall. If the opportunity arises, and I’m the right person, if that’s the way things fit, yeah, I would again look at a race down the road.”

With Sonnenberg out, two Republicans are left who’ve announced that they are considering the race. Talk-radio host Dan Caplis is “very serious” about a run. And Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith is thinking about entering the race.

Already in are state Sen. Tim Neville, businessman Robert Blaha, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, former Parker mayor Greg Lopez, and El Paso County conservative Charles Ehler.

State Sen. Ray Scott is rumored to be a likely candidate. Sonnenberg declined to name the two or three other candidates he cited who are considering the race.

Colorado Peak Politics first reported Sonnenberg’s decision not to run.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    Maybe this is the first step in clearing the field for Timmy.

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    The real tragedy here was Gardners coronation of Buck for CD-4. Sonnenberg was a much better fit for the Distrct. I am sorry to hear this, though. If the Repubs manage to pull off another Gardneresque Senate campaign, I'd prefer Jerry over anyone on the current list. 

  3. gertie97 says:

    Ray Scott? Rumored in his own mind, maybe.

    • Jason Salzman says:

      Yes, I cited Peak in my post. For what it's worth, i advanced it a bit by reporting that he believes two or three new candidates will jump in.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      It's a more-likely scenario the Senate Republicans will squander their perilous, one-seat majority in the next session and we'll see little more than grandstanding on any relevant issue regarding 'rural issues'. Gone are the days of Bud Moellenberg, Fred Andreson and Bev Bledsoe – rural titans who had a knack for getting things accomplished that actually benefitted their constituents.  

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