The Green Papers: Colorado 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 26 June 2018
General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Tuesday 20 March 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Monday 2 April 2018 - Filing Deadline - Minor Parties.
Tuesday 26 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC). Colorado votes mostly by mail.
Thursday 12 July 2018 - Filing Deadline - Unaffiliated candidate nomination petition.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MST (1400-0200 UTC). Colorado votes mostly by mail.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:5,044,930 (1.63% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:9(1.67% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
Capital:Denver
 

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Colorado State and Local Government


When an unaffiliated voter participates in a party primary, that voter remains an independent.


Ballot qualified parties in Colorado are American Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Republican, and Unity.


2018 Election information and 2018 Candidate search, 2018 Primary Election Petition Candidates, and 2018 Primary Election Candidate List from the Colorado Secretary of State.

The primary list will be updated until 27 April 2018 at which time the list will be finalized.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  Cory Scott Gardner
First elected: 2014.
Also served in the U.S. House: 2011-2015.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic     Derrick James Blanton
FEC S0CO00427
  Candidate Democratic     Dustin John Leitzel
FEC S0CO00419
  Candidate Republican     Jerry Natividad

Class 3 Democratic Senator  Michael F. Bennet
Appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Ken Salazar on 21 January 2009 after entering upon his duties as Secretary of the Interior; appointed 21 January 2009 and sworn 22 January 2009. First elected: 2010, re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for regular election
Open
Democratic Governor John W. Hickenlooper
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
 Candidate list (20)
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Michael "Mike" Johnston
  Candidate Democratic     Lieutenant Governor  Donna Lynne
1 August 2017: Filed to run for Governor.
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Jared Polis
Congressional District 2.
11 June 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez
  Candidate Republican     Daniel MacFarlane
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Victor "Vic" Mitchell
  Candidate Republican     Doug Robinson
20 April 2018: Insufficient petition signatures.
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer  Walker Stapleton
  Candidate Green     Véronique Bellamy
  Candidate Libertarian     Scott Helker
for Lieutenant Governor: Michelle Poague
  Candidate American Constitution     George Cantrell
  Candidate American Constitution     Michael Schroeder
  Candidate Unity     William "Bill" Hammons
for Lieutenant Governor: Eric Bodenstab
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Kathleen Cunningham
  Candidate Unaffiliated     John French
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Richard Osada
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Dianna Perkins
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Joanne Rock
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Korey Paul Starkey
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Michael Wilbourn

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket- and nominated- with the Governor

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Lieutenant Governor  Donna Lynne
Appointed: 6 May 2016. Sworn 12 May 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 1 August 2017: Filed to run for Governor.

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Democratic (2 Undetermined, 1 Open);
4 Republican (4 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Diana L. DeGette
First elected: 1996
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Diana L. DeGette
FEC H6CO01141; 31 Mar 18; Tot $669,897; Dsb $557,055
  Candidate Democratic     Saira Rao
FEC H8CO01154; 31 Mar 18; Tot $255,429; Dsb $71,461
  Candidate Democratic     David Michael Sedbrook
FEC H8CO01105
  Candidate Republican     John Field
FEC H8CO01097; 31 Dec 17; Tot $100; Dsb $0
  Candidate Republican     Charles "Casper" Wesley Stockham
FEC H8CO01162; 31 Mar 18; Tot $5,129; Dsb $4,301
  Candidate Republican     Jeremiah J. Vialpando
FEC H8CO01139
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Paul Daly
FEC H8CO01170

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Congressman  Jared Polis
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 11 June 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
 Candidate list (6) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Jodi L. Jalving
20 March 2018: Petition withdrawn.
  Candidate Democratic     Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Executive Director Joseph "Joe" Neguse
FEC H8CO02160; 31 Mar 18; Tot $613,922; Dsb $233,896
  Candidate Democratic     Mark Joaquin Williams
FEC H8CO02202; 31 Mar 18; Tot $54,463; Dsb $39,811
  Candidate Republican     Peter Yu
20 March 2018: Petition withdrawn.

FEC H8CO02251
  Candidate Libertarian     Roger Barris
  Candidate Independent     Nicholas Stephen Dreselly "Nick" Thomas
FEC H8CO02186

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Scott Randall Tipton
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Karl J. Hanlon
FEC H8CO03218; 31 Mar 18; Tot $122,693; Dsb $57,809
  Candidate Democratic     former Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi
FEC H8CO03242
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Diane Mitsch Bush
FEC H8CO03192; 31 Mar 18; Tot $364,621; Dsb $201,043
  Candidate Democratic     Root Routledge
FEC H8CO03234; 31 Mar 18; Tot $2,022; Dsb $1,521
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Scott Randall Tipton
FEC H6CO03139; 31 Mar 18; Tot $699,330; Dsb $212,184
  Candidate Libertarian     Gaylon Kent
  Candidate Independent     Mary Mollie Malarsie
FEC H8CO03226; 31 Mar 18; Tot $10,282; Dsb $87

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Kenneth R. "Ken" Buck
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (6) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Larry Raymond Germanson
FEC H8CO04075; 04 Jan 18; Tot $2,335; Dsb $2,036
  Candidate Democratic     Steven Chase "Chase" Kohne
FEC H8CO04083; 31 Mar 18; Tot $76,274; Dsb $70,359
  Candidate Democratic     Karen A. McCormick
FEC H8CO04091; 31 Mar 18; Tot $143,102; Dsb $86,672
  Candidate Democratic     Richard Lyons Weil
FEC H8CO04109
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Kenneth R. "Ken" Buck
FEC H4CO04090; 31 Mar 18; Tot $275,790; Dsb $222,472
  Candidate Libertarian     Bruce Griffith

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Douglas L. "Doug" Lamborn
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (8) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Marcus Allen Murphy
FEC H8CO05171; 31 Mar 18; Tot $5,013; Dsb $0
  Candidate Democratic     Stephany Rose Spaulding
FEC H8CO05130; 31 Mar 18; Tot $123,437; Dsb $65,726
  Candidate Democratic     Kimberly Sugarman
FEC H8CO15014
  Candidate Republican     El Paso County Commissioner  Darryl Glenn
FEC H8CO05148; 31 Mar 18; Tot $295,878; Dsb $135,428
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Owen Hill
20 March 2018: Petition withdrawn.
31 March 2018: Nominated by convention.

FEC H8CO05114; 31 Mar 18; Tot $424,930; Dsb $207,290
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Douglas L. "Doug" Lamborn
FEC H6CO05159; 31 Mar 18; Tot $455,621; Dsb $187,945
  Candidate Republican     retired District Judge Bill Rhea
FEC H8CO05155; 31 Mar 18; Tot $40,277; Dsb $37,316
  Candidate Republican     former Green Mountain Falls Mayor Tyler Sage Cordingley Stevens
FEC H8CO05189; 31 Mar 18; Tot $30,455; Dsb $23,190

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Michael "Mike" Coffman
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (6) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Jason Crow
FEC H8CO06229; 31 Mar 18; Tot $1,259,582; Dsb $375,836
  Candidate Democratic     Erik Stanger
FEC H8CO06252
  Candidate Democratic     Levi Tillemann
FEC H8CO06245; 31 Mar 18; Tot $277,905; Dsb $185,985
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Michael "Mike" Coffman
FEC H8CO06138; 31 Mar 18; Tot $1,743,121; Dsb $589,719
  Candidate Libertarian     Kat Martin
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Dan R. Chapin
FEC H4CO04132

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Edwin G. "Ed" Perlmutter
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
9 April 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
10 July 2017: No longer running for Governor or for Congress.
21 August 2017: Running for Congress in 2018.
 Candidate list (6) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Terrence "TJ" Grimes
20 March 2018: Petition withdrawn.
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Edwin G. "Ed" Perlmutter
9 April 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
10 July 2017: No longer running for Governor or for Congress.
21 August 2017: Running for Congress in 2018.

FEC H6CO07023; 31 Mar 18; Tot $1,067,189; Dsb $517,761
  Candidate Democratic     Steve Zorn
Filed with the FEC after the filing deadline.

FEC H8CO07110
  Candidate Republican     Mark Barrington
FEC H8CO07094; 31 Mar 18; Tot $20,957; Dsb $2,453
  Candidate Libertarian     Ken Biles
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Nathan Clay
FEC H8CO07052

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State  Wayne W. Williams
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (5)
  Candidate Democratic     Jena Griswold
  Candidate Democratic     Gabriel Shawn McArthur
  Candidate Democratic     Phillip Villard
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Wayne W. Williams
  Candidate Libertarian     Bennett Rutledge

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Treasurer  Walker Stapleton
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - At term limit.
Candidate for Governor in 2017.
 Candidate list (11)
  Candidate Democratic     Bernard Douthit
  Candidate Democratic     state Represenative Steve Lebsock
20 March 2018: Petition withdrawn.
  Candidate Democratic     Charles Quin Scheib
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  David "Dave" Young
  Candidate Republican     District Attorney  Brett D. Barkey
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Justin Everett
  Candidate Republican     Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Polly Lawrence
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Kevin Lundberg
  Candidate Republican     Brian Watson
  Candidate Libertarian     Raymon Anthony Doane

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Attorney General  Cynthia H. Coffman
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 8 November 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
14 April 2018: Did not receive her party's nomination for Governor.
 Candidate list (6)
  Candidate Democratic     Brad Levin
  Candidate Democratic     Amy L. Padden
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Joseph "Joe" Salazar
  Candidate Democratic     Philip "Phil" Weiser
  Candidate Republican     Denver District Attorney George Brauchler
circa 13 November 2017: Switched from candidate for Governor to candidate for Attorney General.
  Candidate Libertarian     Bill Robinson
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 6 incumbents, 39 candidates
  Republican: 8 incumbents, 27 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 9 candidates
Other Third Parties
  America First
  American Constitution (affiliate of Constitution): 2 candidates
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  United Party (affiliate of Natural Law)
  Unity: 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 10 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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  The Unity Party of Colorado
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