by Lisa Cyriacks
Both the Democratic and Republican parties rallied at state assemblies on April 12, and nominated candidates for top seats like US Senator and governor. Primary elections for both parties are June 24.
Democrats from across the state gathered for speeches by the party’s top ticket candidates—incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Governor John Hickenlooper—at the 2014 Democratic Party Assembly. Flood recovery was a rallying point as the 1,200 more or less Colorado Democrats from around the state gathered to officially re-nominate Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall.
Governor Hickenlooper said that, in the past three years, Colorado has jumped from No. 40 to No. 4 in the nation in terms of economic growth. Hickenlooper said after his speech that flood recovery was a positive topic on which Democrats could easily harmonize.
In a speech that touched on equal pay, Medicare, Social Security, immigration, the government shutdown in October, minimum wage, federal surveillance and optimism, not once did Senator Mark Udall mention health care reform, a topic his opponent, Republican Cory Gardner, is taking aim at in a bid to capture the Senate seat.
After his speech, Udall said he would rather focus on amending the law to fit state needs instead of aiming, as Gardner has, to repeal Obamacare.
At Colorado’s GOP Assembly on Saturday, Cory Gardner took 74% of the delegate vote, knocking out two other Republican contenders to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.
Gardner took to the stage inside the Coors Events Center to address the nearly 3,900 delegates plus another thousand or so alternates and guests, calling for new leadership in the U.S. Senate and touting a message of economic growth, lower taxes and advanced energy development.
Former state Senate minority leader Mike Kopp and Secretary of State Scott Gessler made the GOP gubernatorial primary, where they will join Tom Tancredo and probably Bob Beauprez, who are petitioning onto the ballot. Tancredo’s petition signatures were verified the week before the GOP Assembly. Beauprez’s have yet to be verified.
Former state lawmaker Abel Tapia of Pueblo, in his speech at the assembly, said he could beat incumbent Scott Tipton in Congressional District 3. Tipton is facing a contested primary in June against David Cox.
Colorado is one of the few states that still uses a caucus/assembly process to select primary candidates.
Democratic: Senator Mark E. Udall
Republican: Cory Scott Gardner (currently CD 4 Congressman)
Libertarian: Gaylon Kent
Unity: Bill Hammons
Independent: Stephen H. Shogan
Democratic: Governor John W. Hickenlooper
Republican: Mike Kopp (Former State Senator)
Republican: Scott E. Gessler (Secretary of State)
Republican: Thomas G. “Tom” Tancredo (former Congressman)
Republican: Robert Louis “Bob” Beauprez (former Congressman)
Green: Bill Bartlett
Green: Harry O. Hempy
Libertarian: Matthew Hess (• for Lieutenant Governor: Brandon Young)
Unaffiliated: Jim Rundberg (Unaffilliated Conservative)
Congressional District 3
Republican: Congressman Scott R. Tipton
Republican: David Lawrence Cox
Democratic: Abel J. Tapia
Secretary of State
Democratic: Joseph “Joe” Neguse (UC Regent)
Republican: Wayne W. Williams (El Paso County Clerk)
Libertarian: David Schambach
Republican: Treasurer Walker Stapleton (first elected 2010)
Democratic: Elizabeth “Betsy” Markey (former Congresswoman)
Libertarian: David Jurist
Republican: Cynthia Coffman
Republican: Mark Waller (state Representative)
Democratic: Donald S. “Don” Quick (former Adams County District Attorney)
Libertarian: David K. Williams