Primary preview: Colorado state executive elections, 2014

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June 23, 2014

Colorado

By Maresa Strano

June 23, 2014 Election Preview
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Denver, Colorado: Five state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Colorado: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer.

Three of the five incumbents are seeking re-election, including Governor John Hickenlooper (D), Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia (D), who run on a joint ticket in the general election, and finally Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R).

One of the two outgoing officers, John Suthers (R), has reached his term limit serving as state attorney general. Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, meanwhile, shunned a possible re-election bid this year in favor of an attempt to challenge Hickenlooper for the state's top office this fall.

On June 24, qualified Colorado voters face a single contested state-row primary, for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The winner will square off with first term Democratic incumbent Governor John Hickenlooper as well as various third party and unaffiliated candidates in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Colorado is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[1]

Below, Ballotpedia has put together a preview of the upcoming election, as well as a look ahead at the general election ballot. Note: The general election candidate lists are unofficial. They reflect the most up to date information provided by the Colorado Secretary of State and State Party websites.[2]



In Colorado, the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time .[3]



Colorado Governor
See also: Colorado Gubernatorial election, 2014

Current Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) originally announced back in March 2013 that he would run for a second term in 2014.[4] In May, the The Denver Post reported that he was in fact exploring a bid to take on Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper in the 2014 gubernatorial race.[5] Soon after the report was published, Gessler suspended his re-election campaign, however he did not immediately delcare his candidacy for governor. He filed paperwork to start raising money for a potential gubernatorial campaign, meanwhile stating his plans "to spend the summer making sure my issues are the right issues for the state of Colorado."[6] He officially entered the race on September 17, 2013, becoming the third candidate in the Republican primary field after former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and state Sen. Greg Brophy, the latter of whom ultimately did not qualify for the primary ballot.[7] Joining Gessler and Tancredo on the GOP gubernatorial primary ballot are former state Sen. Mike Kopp and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez.

Republican Primary Candidates

General Election Candidates

Colorado Attorney General
See also: Colorado attorney general election, 2014

The Colorado Attorney General seat has been rated as "vulnerable" to partisan switch heading into the 2014 elections. Incumbent attorney general John Suthers, a Republican first appointed in 2005 and elected to two subsequent four-year terms, is barred by term limits from running again in 2014. Vying for the open seat is Democrat Don Quick, who is considered "a strong contender to flip the seat." Against the backdrop of Colorado's "purple" partisan landscape, this race, as well as other statewide seats opening in 2014, present competitive enticement to the non-incumbent party to assert control over new offices and territory.[17]

Quick, in addition to Republican Cynthia Coffman, who currently serves as deputy attorney general under Suthers, are unopposed for their parties' nominations in the June 24 primary. They will face off in the general election on November 4 along with Libertarian nominee David Williams.

General Election Candidates

Colorado Secretary of State
See also: Colorado secretary of state election, 2014

This seat is open in 2014 due to Republican incumbent Scott Gessler's decision to run for governor.

General Election Candidates

Colorado Treasurer
See also: Colorado down ballot state executive elections, 2014

General Election Candidates


See also

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References

  1. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Article 7, Section 201, Voting at primary election," accessed January 2, 2014
  2. Colorado Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Official Candidate List," accessed June 23, 2014
  3. Colorado Revised Statutes, "1-7-101," accessed January 3, 2014
  4. The Colorado Statesman, "Gessler announces for re-election as secretary of state," March 29, 2013
  5. The Denver Post, "Scott Gessler evaluating run for Colorado governor in 2014," May 16, 2013
  6. 9 News, "Scott Gessler suspends re-election bid to focus on Governor's race," May 30, 2013, accessed June 25, 2013
  7. 9news.com, "Amid flood disaster, Scott Gessler announces bid for governor," September 17, 2013
  8. 9news.com, "Amid flood disaster, Scott Gessler announces bid for governor," September 17, 2013
  9. The Denver Post, "Scott Gessler evaluating run for Colorado governor in 2014," May 16, 2013
  10. The Denver Post, "Former Rep. Tancredo running for Colorado governor," May 23, 2013
  11. Denver Business Journal, "9News: Bob Beauprez enters Colorado governor's race," March 3, 2014
  12. The Denver Post, "Republican Mike Kopp to file for governor's race today," October 1, 2013
  13. The Colorado Independent, "Kopp taps Vera Ortegon as lieutenant in bid for governor," June 6, 2014
  14. Matthew Hess for Colorado Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
  15. Harry Hempy for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 2, 2014
  16. Mike Dunafon for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 23, 2014
  17. Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Denver Post, "Democrat Don Quick, former DA, to run for Colorado attorney general," February 12, 2013
  19. Don Quick for Colorado Attorney General 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
  20. Cynthia Coffman for Colorado Attorney General 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
  21. The Libertarian Party of Colorado's Facebook page, "Congratulations to our 2014 Libertarian Party candidates for the State of Colorado," accessed April 7, 2014
  22. The Colorado Statesman, Democrat Joe Neguse files for Secretary of State, June 27, 2013
  23. Joe Neguse for Colorado Secretary of State 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
  24. Wayne Williams for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed December 5, 2013
  25. The Libertarian Party of Colorado's Facebook page, "Congratulations to our 2014 Libertarian Party candidates for the State of Colorado," accessed April 7, 2014
  26. KDVR.com, "Former Rep. Betsy Markey announces run for Colorado treasurer," June 23, 2013
  27. The Libertarian Party of Colorado's Facebook page, "Congratulations to our 2014 Libertarian Party candidates for the State of Colorado," accessed April 7, 2014