Mike Dunafon

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Mike Dunafon
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Former candidate for
Governor of Colorado
PartyUnaffiliated
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Colorado
OtherUSA Rugby Level 3 Coaching Certification
Personal
ProfessionMayor of Glendale, Colorado
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Mike Dunafon was an unaffiliated candidate for Governor of Colorado in the 2014 elections.[1] Mike Dunafon lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Dunafon is the ninth Mayor of Glendale, Colorado.

Biography

Dunafon was born and raised in Colorado. He earned his bachelor's degree from University of Northern Colorado. Dunafon also holds his USA Rugby Level 3 coaching certification.[2]

Before entering politics, Dunafon was a professional athlete. After a brief football career playing for the Denver Broncos, Dunafon switched to rugby in 1978. He stayed with British Virgin Islands RFC until 1992.

The co-founder of Glendale's first Chamber of Commerce, Dunafon helped establish a heavily-circulated community-wide newspaper now known as “The Glendale/Cherry Creek Chronicle.” He was mayor pro tem for eight years before ascending to the city's executive office. He has served as chairman of the Glendale Planning Commission since 1999.[2]

Education

  • B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado
  • USA Rugby Level 3 Coaching Certification

Elections


"I have filed my candidate affidavit" - Posted to YouTube April 2, 2014

2014

See also: Colorado Gubernatorial election, 2014

Dunafon ran as an unaffiliated candidate for election to the office of Governor of Colorado.[1] His lieutenant gubernatorial running mate was Robin Roberts.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper/Joseph Garcia Incumbent 49.2% 987,547
     Republican Bob Beauprez/Jill Rapella 46.1% 924,494
     Libertarian Matthew Hess/Brandon Young 1.9% 38,667
     Green Harry Hempy/Scott Olson 1.3% 26,622
     Unaffiliated Mike Dunafon/Robin Roberts 1.2% 23,521
     Unaffiliated Paul Fiorino/Charles Whitley 0.3% 5,787
Total Votes 2,006,638
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Race background

Democratic nomination

Democratic incumbent Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ran for re-election in 2014 alongside Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia (D). Hickenlooper and Garcia were first elected together in 2010. They were uncontested for re-nomination in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.

Republican nomination

On June 24, qualified Colorado voters selected Bob Beauprez as the Republican nominee for governor. It was the only contested primary for a statewide office held that day. Beauprez represented Colorado's 7th Congressional District from 2003 to 2007 and he was the 2006 Republican nominee for governor.[4] He drew 30 percent of the primary vote, according to unofficial totals, defeating Tom Tancredo (27 percent), Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (23 percent) and Mike Kopp (20 percent).[5] Gessler shunned a possible second term as secretary of state in 2014 in favor of an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to challenge Hickenlooper for the state's top office. Since Gessler was knocked out of the governor's race, he was unable to make a bid for re-election to his current post.

While Beauprez trailed most of his primary opponents in fundraising leading up to the primary, the Democrats made him their number one target for attack, leading Republican voters unfamiliar with Beauprez to perceive him as a serious threat to Hickenlooper. Beauprez also stood out as the preferred choice of the Republican establishment, which favored Beauprez over Tancredo in particular. A former Republican colleague of Beauprez in the U.S. House, Tancredo raised the most money and campaigned more aggressively this election. But by running against Hickenlooper in 2010 on the American Constitution Party ticket and later switching his affiliation back to Republican, Tancredo had cultivated a reputation among party members as a wildcard.[6]

Despite his crushing double-digit loss in the 2006 governor's race, often invoked by opposition groups such as ProgressNow Colorado, who called Beauprez "one of Colorado’s most storied political losers," in a pre-primary press release, the GOP establishment placed their faith in Beauprez in the 2014 election.[7] About that defeat, which occurred during his last term in Congress, Beauprez reflected, "I’m even more experienced than I was eight years ago. I’m certainly a lot wiser."[8]

On the advertising front, the primary campaign season was a relatively quiet one for the governor's race. This changed after the primary election, however, as Hickenlooper shifted out of his unopposed reverie into active campaign mode . According to the candidates' campaign finance reports due July 1, Hickenlooper raised nearly $3 million in preparation for the second phase of this campaign cycle and ended the reporting period with $579,268 of cash on hand. Meanwhile, Beauprez, having weathered a tough primary battle, was left with a mere $34,921 cash on hand. Beauprez' total fundraising for the cycle as of June 25 was $351,921, and he already faced loans exceeding $500,000, most of which he lent to himself. [9]

General election

Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Matthew Hess (Libertarian), Harry Hempy (Green) and various unaffiliated candidates competed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[10][11]

In September 2014, Governing rated the race between Hickenlooper and Beauprez as a "Toss-up" while the The Cook Political Report gave Hickenlooper a slight advantage with a "Lean D" rating.[12][13]


Polls

General election

Colorado Governor General Election-Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Hess and Hempy
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)Matthew Hess (L)Harry Hempy (G)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 10-15, 2014
40%50%3%3%1%3%+/-2.81,211
Quinnipiac University
October 8-13, 2014
42%46%5%1%0%6%+/-3.1988
Public Policy Polling
October 16-19, 2014
45%44%1%2%1%7%+/-3.5778
Quinnipiac University
October 15-21, 2014
45%44%1%2%1%7%+/-3.1974
NBC News/Marist
October 24, 2014
46%41%4%2%1%6%+/-3.6755
Quinnipiac University
October 22-27, 2014
40%45%4%2%0%9%+/-3.4844
SurveyUSA
October 29, 2014
46%46%2%1%1%4%+/-4618
AVERAGES 43.43% 45.14% 2.86% 1.86% 0.71% 6% +/-3.36 881.14
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez and Hess

Colorado Governor General Election-Hickenlooper, Beauprez and Hess
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)Matthew Hess (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
October 16, 2014
44%48%6%3%+/-4695
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez

Colorado Governor General Election - Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 13-16, 2014
48%38%14%+/-4.1568
Magellan (R-Liberty Foundation of America)
April 14-15, 2014
50%35%5%+/-3.7717
Public Policy Polling (D-National Coalition for Safer Roads)
April 17-20, 2014
48%41%11%+/--618
Quinnipiac University
April 15-21, 2014
48%39%10%+/-2.71,298
Rasmussen
June 25-26, 2014
44%44%8%+/-4.0750
NBC/Marist
July 7-10, 2014
49%43%7%+/-3.1914
Gravis Marketing
July 8-19, 214
49%43%8%+/-3.01,106
Quinnipiac University
July 10-14, 2014
43%44%10%+/-2.91,147
Public Policy Polling (D)
July 17-20, 2014
44%43%12%+/-3.8653
CBS/NYT/YouGov
July 5-24, 2014
48%48%1%+/-3.01,990
NBC/Marist
September 1-2, 2014
43%39%9%+/-3.1795
Rasmussen
September 3-4, 2014
44%45%8%+/-3.5800
High Point University
October 4-8, 2014
44%46%10%+/-3.5876
CNN/ORC
October 9-13, 2014
49%48%3%+/-4665
Monmouth University
October 17-20, 2014
50%43%7%+/-4.7431
AVERAGES 46.73% 42.6% 8.2% +/-2.91 888.53
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hypothetical match-ups
Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo

Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Tom Tancredo (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
46%45%1%9%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
48%40%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 47% 42.5% 0.5% 10.5% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Gessler

Hickenlooper vs. Gessler
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Scott Gessler (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
47%42%1%10%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
47%40%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 47% 41% 0.5% 11% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Brophy

Hickenlooper vs. Brophy
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Greg Brophy (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
47%40%1%12%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
44%43%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 45.5% 41.5% 0.5% 12% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Kopp

Hickenlooper vs. Kopp
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Mike Kopp (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
45%37%0%17%+/-3.2928
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)


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