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 26 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC). Colorado votes mostly by mail.
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


18 May 2017: When an independent voter requests a party ballot in a primary, the voter is considered a member of that party for 1 year but then reverts back to being an independent.


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


2018 Election information and 2018 Candidate search from the Colorado Secretary of State.

 
           

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 (27)
  Candidate Democratic     Adam Garrity
  Candidate Democratic     Noel Ginsburg
  Candidate Democratic     Moses Carmen Humes
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Michael "Mike" Johnston
  Candidate Democratic     former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy
  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 Democratic     Michael Schroeder
  Candidate Democratic     Erik M. Underwood
  Candidate Republican     Steve Barlock
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Cynthia H. Coffman
8 November 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018
  Candidate Republican     Larimer County Commissioner  Lew Gaiter, III
  Candidate Republican     former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Victor "Vic" Mitchell
  Candidate Republican     Doug Robinson
  Candidate Republican     Jim Rundberg
  Candidate Republican     JoAnne Silva
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer  Walker Stapleton
  Candidate Republican     former Congressman  Thomas G. "Tom" Tancredo
First elected as a Republican to the U.S. House: 1998; re-elected 2000-2006; not a candidate for reelection: 2008; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination: 2008; unsuccessful American Constitution Party candidate for Governor of Colorado: 2010; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado: 2014.
  Candidate Green     Véronique Bellamy
  Candidate American Constitution     George Cantrell
  Candidate Unity     William "Bill" Hammons
  Candidate Independent     Kathleen Cunningham
  Candidate Independent     Richard Osada
  Candidate Independent     Korey Paul Starkey
  Candidate Independent     Michael Wilbourn
  Candidate Independent     Matthew Wood

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 (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Diana L. DeGette
FEC H6CO01141; 30 Sep 17; Tot $308,396; Dsb $339,721
  Candidate Democratic     David Michael Sedbrook
FEC H8CO01105
  Candidate Republican     John Field
FEC H8CO01097; 30 Sep 17; Tot $100; Dsb $0

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 (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Howard R. Dotson
?

FEC H8CO02194
  Candidate Democratic     Nederland Mayor  Kristopher William "Kris" Larsen
FEC H8CO02228
  Candidate Democratic     Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Executive Director Joseph "Joe" Neguse
FEC H8CO02160; 30 Sep 17; Tot $243,032; Dsb $68,946
  Candidate Democratic     Ken Toltz
FEC H8CO02244
  Candidate Democratic     Mark Joaquin Williams
FEC H8CO02202; 30 Sep 17; Tot $7,386; Dsb $997
  Candidate Republican     Peter Yu
    Libertarian     Todd Mitchem - apparently not a candidate
13 November 2017: Dropped out.

FEC H8CO02210; 30 Sep 17; Tot $5,600; Dsb $1,816
  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 (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Grand Junction City Councilmember  Christopher "Chris" Kennedy
FEC H8CO03200; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,544; Dsb $1,353
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Diane Mitsch Bush
FEC H8CO03192; 30 Sep 17; Tot $141,680; Dsb $56,528
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Scott Randall Tipton
FEC H6CO03139; 30 Sep 17; Tot $401,340; Dsb $123,478

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; 10 Oct 17; Tot $2,335; Dsb $942
  Candidate Democratic     Steven Chase "Chase" Kohne
FEC H8CO04083; 30 Sep 17; Tot $16,115; Dsb $9,822
  Candidate Democratic     Karen A. McCormick
FEC H8CO04091; 30 Sep 17; Tot $50,835; Dsb $9,707
  Candidate Democratic     Richard Lyons Weil
FEC H8CO04109
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Kenneth R. "Ken" Buck
FEC H4CO04090; 30 Sep 17; Tot $119,045; Dsb $113,944
  Candidate Republican     former Lone Tree Mayor James D. Gunning
FEC H8CO04117

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 (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Betty Ann Field
FEC H8CO05122; 30 Sep 17; Tot $2,926; Dsb $2,781
  Candidate Democratic     Stephany Rose Spaulding
FEC H8CO05130; 30 Sep 17; Tot $68,866; Dsb $26,884
  Candidate Democratic     Kimberly Sugarman
FEC H8CO15014
  Candidate Republican     El Paso County Commissioner  Darryl Glenn
FEC H8CO05148; 30 Sep 17; Tot $245,155; Dsb $44,174
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Owen Hill
FEC H8CO05114; 30 Sep 17; Tot $295,608; Dsb $81,356
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Douglas L. "Doug" Lamborn
FEC H6CO05159; 30 Sep 17; Tot $186,541; Dsb $83,260
  Candidate Republican     retired District Judge Bill Rhea
FEC H8CO05155

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 (8) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     David Aarestad
FEC H8CO06237; 30 Sep 17; Tot $89,947; Dsb $74,421
  Candidate Democratic     Jason Crow
FEC H8CO06229; 30 Sep 17; Tot $521,038; Dsb $127,706
  Candidate Democratic     Gabriel Shawn McArthur
Candidate for SoS?

FEC H8CO06211
  Candidate Democratic     Erik Stanger
FEC H8CO06252
  Candidate Democratic     Levi Tillemann
FEC H8CO06245; 30 Sep 17; Tot $166,969; Dsb $55,674
  Candidate Republican     Wil Armstrong
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Michael "Mike" Coffman
FEC H8CO06138; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,034,743; Dsb $340,854
  Candidate Republican     Roger Edwards
FEC H8CO06260

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 (2) - 116th Congress
    Democratic     Dan Baer - apparently not a candidate
4 October 2017: Dropped out endorsing Congressman Ed Perlmutter.

FEC H8CO07086; 30 Sep 17; Tot $365,012; Dsb $15,082
    Democratic     state Senator  Andrew Steven "Andy" Kerr - apparently not a candidate
22 August 2017: Dropped out endorsing Congressman Edwin G. "Ed" Perlmutter.

FEC H8CO07060; 30 Sep 17; Tot $124,284; Dsb $116,549
    Democratic     state Senator  Dominick Moreno - apparently not a candidate
21 August 2017: Dropped out endorsing Congressman Edwin G. "Ed" Perlmutter.

FEC H8CO07078; 30 Sep 17; Tot $97,290; Dsb $78,850
  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; 30 Sep 17; Tot $545,987; Dsb $212,404
    Democratic     state Representative Brittany Louise Pettersen - apparently not a candidate
21 August 2017: Dropped out endorsing Congressman Edwin G. "Ed" Perlmutter.

FEC H8CO07045; 30 Sep 17; Tot $207,221; Dsb $151,719
  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 (3)
  Candidate Democratic     Jena Griswold
  Candidate Democratic     Jerold Wayne Munster
  Candidate Democratic     Phillip Villard

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 (8)
  Candidate Democratic     Bernard Douthit
    Democratic     state Represenative Steve Lebsock - apparently not a candidate
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  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

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.
 Candidate list (6)
  Candidate Democratic     Michael Dougherty
  Candidate Democratic     Brad Levin
  Candidate Democratic     Amy Padden
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Joseph "Joe" Salazar
  Candidate Democratic     Phil Weiser
  Candidate Republican     Denver District Attorney George Brauchler
circa 13 November 2017: Switched from candidate for Governor to candidate for Attorney General.
 

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, 43 candidates
  Republican: 8 incumbents, 30 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
Other Third Parties
  America First
  American Constitution (affiliate of Constitution): 1 candidate
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  United Party (affiliate of Natural Law)
  Unity: 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 6 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 1 candidate
 
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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