2010 Political Campaigns

Campaign cash rules Congress

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In politics, campaign cash is all-powerful.

An incumbent’s hefty war chest can scare away potential primary contenders and offer those who face stiff opposition in the general election much-needed ammunition for advertising, polling and staff.

Rep. King ponders 2010 election path

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In life, it’s nice to have options. And Grand Junction Republican Rep. Steve King isn’t ruling out any of his as he ponders his next political move come 2010.

J.J. Ament, Colorado treasurer

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Investment banker J.J. Ament announced Tuesday that he’ll challenge real estate company president Walker Stapleton for the Republican nomination for Colorado treasurer in 2010 and, he hopes, to challenge Democratic incumbent Cary Kennedy in the general election in November.

Penry makes three in GOP guv race

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

MORRISON — The wait is over. The inevitable has occurred. The Republican primary for governor just got bigger.

The long-expected announcement by Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, that his hat is now in the ring, came Saturday, July 11, in his hometown of Grand Junction. He will not resign his Senate seat to run.

Wiens eyes U.S. Senate bid for 2010

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Over the past year, former state Sen. Tom Wiens, R-Castle Rock, considered running for governor — but his key Republican supporters suggested a U.S. Senate bid to unseat Democrat U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.

“I talked to most of the usual suspects,” laughed Wiens, about Republican power players around the state, including long time pal, state GOP chair Dick Wadhams.

“Seriously, a lot of people have encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate,” he said.

USDA lures Isgar, leaves SD 6 seat empty

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Wanted: A moderate Democrat, anxious to serve on both sides of the aisle, eager to represent a rural community and knowledgeable in water and agricultural issues. Must be a determined, yet enthusiastic, campaigner.

These are the qualifications listed by Montrose County Democratic Chair Jayne Bilberry as she described the ideal replacement for Sen. James Isgar, D-Hesperus, who is leaving Senate District 6 to become Colorado director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

McInnis courts El Paso GOP

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis seized the opportunity to blast the state law that blocks Fort Carson’s expansion in Piñon Canyon — and indirectly fired shots at Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, who voted for the bill.

Moderate McDowell takes on social conservative Schultheis

GOP primary possible in El Paso County's SD 9

By Lesile Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Republican Tom McDowell aims to enlist 2,000 volunteers in his grassroots campaign to unseat Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, in 2010. McDowell boasts that his campaign pitch recruits two volunteers a day in his battle against Schultheis, a social conservative.

“I’m preaching ‘big tent’ politics,” said McDowell, who walks precincts nearly every day in Senate District 9, which includes northern Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy and Black Forest.

Democrats challenge Coffman early in CD6

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democrats already are lining up to challenge 6th Congressional Rep. Mike Coffman, the freshman Republican congressman who handily defeated CD 6 Democratic nominee Hank Eng in 2008, even as a wave of blue overtook most of the state.

David Canter, 47, of Highlands Ranch, and John Flerlage, 51, of Littleton, both hope that early momentum will carry them to victory on Election Day in 2010.

Cory Gardner joins Tom Lucero in GOP bid against Betsy Markey

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The ink was still wet on the last batch of this year’s legislative bills when Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, announced his entrance into the 2010 race for the 4th Congressional District.