2010 Political Campaigns

Departing legislators share memories, plans

The Colorado Statesman

Some have their sights on relaxation with friends and family, others will return fulltime to their professions, and a few said they’re looking for ways to stay involved in government or party politics.

In sharing their experiences with The Colorado Statesman, the lame duck lawmakers discuss their greatest accomplishments, let downs, and prospects for the future of partisanship in the General Assembly. (Those legislators who lost their elections in November were not included in this story, only those who were term-limited or who did not seek reelection.)

GOP Chair Wadhams caught in crosshairs

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If state Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams were handed a report card for his performance in the 2010 election cycle, he would be awarded high marks by traditional GOP activists and flunked by several tea party groups. The anti-establishment mood that wafted over tea party rallies — and was intoned by GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes — has drifted into the election of party officers in 2011.

Boigon plans to bring fighting spirit to Denver mayor’s office

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

City Councilwoman Carol Boigon said her mother’s enterprising skill playing the horses and the tenacity her parents instilled in her to overcome childhood polio are among the strengths she brings to Denver’s crowded mayoral race.

Sen. Romer launches Denver mayoral bid

Sets senate district vacancy in motion

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

State Sen. Chris Romer announced Tuesday he is joining a crowded field hoping to be Denver’s next mayor. The Democrat also said he will resign from the Legislature at the end of the year, creating a vacancy party officials plan to fill in coming weeks.

Lautenberg quits HD 56 vacancy race after jumping in last week

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The field of candidates hoping to replace House District 56, Rep. Christine Scanlan, D-Dillon, has gotten a lot bigger, and at the same time smaller by one.

Josh Lautenberg, son of New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, threw his hat into the ring almost immediately after the Hickenlooper administration announced Scanlan would step down from her House seat to become the governor’s chief lobbyist.

Democrats’ chances of retaking House over

Election results now final

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The counting of provisional ballots is over in Colorado counties, and Republicans can finally declare victory in their efforts to take control of the Colorado House.

Hancock enters crowded mayoral race

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver City Councilman Michael Hancock launched his mayoral campaign Monday at a small business near downtown, joining a growing number of candidates who want to take over from Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper next year.

A 'Top Gun' Gardner hits the mark in CD 4

'Blue Dog' Democrat Markey lost traction on the campaign trail

UPDATED AS OF 11/12/10

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Conservatives reclaimed the 4th Congressional District in electing Republican candidate Cory Gardner and defeating incumbent U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey. Gardner had hammered home a vow to balance the federal budget, cut spending and rebuild the economy to create jobs — a message that resonated with voters.

Perlmutter knocks out Frazier in contentious, bitter bout

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, parted the large crowd gathered at a Lakewood hotel ballroom. After securing his third term representing Colorado’s 7th District, the congressman jumped from his place at the podium and cartwheeled head over heels through throngs of screaming, sign waving supporters who chanted, “We want Ed! We want Ed!”

Fallon, DeGette race never close in Dem Denver

Republican nominee ran a spirited campaign

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Congresswoman Diana DeGette proved again on Election Day that the 1st Congressional District is the most Democratic district in the state.