Michael Merrifield

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Michael Merrifield
Candidate for
Colorado State Senate, District 11
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives
District 18
Manitou Springs City Council
1996 to 2000
ProfessionTeacher (Rtired)
Michael Merrifield is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 11 of the Colorado State Senate. He previously served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 18 from 2003 to 2011 and on the Manitou Springs City Council from 1996 to 2000.


Merrifield's professional experience includes working as a teacher and Director of Choirs at Coronado High School.[1]

Committee assignments


Merrifield did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Colorado Senate Bill 57

As a member of the Colorado House Education Committee, Merrifield voted against Colorado Senate Bill 57]], also known as the Public School Financial Transparency Act, a bill to create transparency in state education expenditures. Merrifield received substantial campaign contributions from the Colorado Education Association, which lobbied against the bill's passage.[3]

Merrifield's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1107 - HOA Limits On Energy Efficiency Measures
  • HB 09-1312 - Renewable Energy Loans For Schools
  • HB 09-1326 - Integrity Of Citizen-Initiated Petitions

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Michael Merrifield was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Bernie Herpin was unopposed in the Republican primary. Merrifield, Herpin and Norman Dawson (L) will face off in the general election.[4][5][6]


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Merrifield was ineligible to run for re-election to the 18th District seat due to the term limits of the Colorado House of Representatives.


On November 4, 2008, Merrifield won re-election to the 18th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Katherine Szot (R).[7]

Merrifield raised $50,948 for his campaign, while Szot raised $429.[8]

Colorado State House, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Merrifield (D) 17,231
Katherine Szot (R) 9,980

Campaign donors


Below are Merrifield's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Education Assoc $4,250
CO Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 $4,000
AFSCME $3,000
CO State Conference of Electrical Workers $2,000

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Preceded by
Colorado House District 18
Succeeded by
Pete Lee