Colorado State Senate elections, 2010
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was May 27, 2010, and the primary election day was August 10, 2010.
In Colorado, senators are elected to four-year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms.
The incumbent senator is running for re-election in 13 of the 19 races in 2010. (68.42%) In 3 of the remaining 6 districts the incumbent is ineligible to run because of term limits.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Colorado State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Colorado voters approved Issue 5 in 1990. The affirmative vote by Colorado's electorate in Issue 5 altered Section 3 of Article V on the Colorado Constitution to say that Colorado State Senators could serve no more than two 4-year terms in office.
There are 35 Colorado State Senators. In 2010, 3 who are current members are ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Paula Sandoval also would have been ineligible to run, but she resigned earlier in the year.
The three current members of the state senate who are ineligible to run in November are:
This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Colorado in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.
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0 incumbents face no competition in the November 2 general election.
Only 1 incumbents faced competition in the August 10 primary. Democrat incumbent for District 33 won their primary:
- District 33: Incumbent Democrat Michael Johnston
Six incumbent representatives are not running for re-election, while 13 incumbents (68%) are running for re-election. Of the 6 incumbents who are not running for re-election, 3 are Democrat and 3 are Republican.
Incumbents who are retiring are:
Article 5, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states: No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twentyfive years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
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Note: Incumbent Ken Kester has reached his term limit and is not running for re-election.
Note: Incumbent Abel Tapia has reached his term limit and is not running for re-election.
- Gail Schwartz Incumbent Schwartz has represented district 5 since 2006.
- Bruce Whitehead Incumbent Whitehead has represented district 6 since his appointment on August 8, 2009.
Note: Incumbent Josh Penry is not running for re-election.
- Nick Werle did not appear on the ballot.
Note: Incumbent David Schultheis is not running for re-election
- John Morse Incumbent Morse has represented district 11 since 2006.
- Scott Renfroe Incumbent Renfroe has represented district 13 since 2006.
- Kevin Lundberg Incumbent Lundberg has represented district 15 since his appointment in 2009.
Note: Incumbent Dan Gibbs is not running for re-election.
Note: Incumbent Maryanne Keller has reached her term limit and is not running for re-election.
- Mike Kopp Incumbent Kopp has represented district 22 since 2006.
- Lois Tochtrop Incumbent Tochtrop has represented district 24 since her appointment in 2004.
- Ted Harvey Incumbent Harvey has represented district 30 since 2006.
- Pat Steadman Incumbent Steadman has represented district 31 since his appointment on May 20, 2009.
- Clifton Powell
- Chris Romer Incumbent Romer has represented district 32 since 2006.
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