2010 Political Campaigns

Ken Buck for U.S. Senate

On Tuesday, April 28, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck announced his plans to challenge Colorado’s freshman Democrat senator. Buck, who has long been rumored to be entering the race, telegraphed his punches on April 23, when he registered the Web site promoting his candidacy — www.buckforcolorado.com.

Ryan Frazier for U.S. Senate

Ryan Frazier, an Aurora City Councilman who has been making the rounds at Republican political events over the last few months, filed paperwork this week with the Federal Election Commission establishing an exploratory committee for his potential candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2010. The charismatic campaigner made his announcement April 15 in Grand Junction at one of several ‘tea parties’ held around the state as part of a coordinated nationwide effort to protest federal spending by the Obama administration.

Walker Stapleton announces run for state treasurer

Emphasizing that he will restore the state treasurer’s office to being the taxpayers’ watchdog, Republican businessman Walker Stapleton announced his candidacy for state treasurer this week.

Pro-choice Republican to challenge Schultheis in 2010

By Kate Melvin
FACETHESTATE.COM

Colorado Springs resident Tom McDowell has announced he will challenge state Sen. Dave Schultheis, a Colorado Springs Republican, for Schultheis’s seat in 2010. McDowell has never sought office before, and his candidacy comes as a surprise to many, including McDowell himself, who maintains that a political run has never been a part of his career plans.

Newcomer GOP Maes saddles up for gov race

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Political neophyte and credit expert Dan Maes is first to toss in his hat in the Republican roundup for gubernatorial candidates. The Evergreen businessman wasn’t dissuaded by political trail bosses such as state GOP Chair Dick Wadhams, who warned him about the “blood, sweat and tears” of campaigning.

Tidwell teeters on GOP U.S. Senate bid

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s tough enough to be an unknown in a field of heavyweight Republican potential U.S. Senate candidates, but Cleve Tidwell is charting the course — and juggling jury duty with campaign meetings from dawn until midnight.