|Let the Games Begin!
Kick-off took place Tuesday night for Colorado’s 2018 political season, and a fascinating Stupor Bowl it promises to be.
Colorado’s Republicans and Democrats gathered Tuesday in some 3,100 neighborhoods for their precinct caucuses. Not a whole lot of binding decisions were made, though delegates were elected to the upcoming county assemblies. (Here in Custer County, the Democratic County Assembly will be held this coming Monday, March 12, at 5 p.m. in the library community room. Local Republicans will hold their assembly on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the school multi-purpose room.) From the 64 various county assemblies, delegates will be elected to the upcoming state party conventions which will finalize ballot picks for the GOP and Democrat primary elections on June 26.
Probably the key Colorado race will be for governor. After two terms in office, popular Democrat governor John Hickenlooper is term limited, and the queue lines are forming: though the candidate lists remain somewhat fluid, there currently are six Democrats vying for the job and seven Republicans. Among those candidates are several unknowns, but there are some household names as well. On the Republican side are first-term state attorney general Cynthia Coffman and two-term state treasurer Walker Stapleton. On the Democrat side are multi-millionaire Jared Polis, currently the U.S. Rep in Colorado’s second congressional district, current lieutenant governor Donna Lynne, and former state treasurer Cary Kennedy who received the most straw-poll votes in Tuesday’s caucuses.
Then, of course, will be battles in all seven of Colorado’s congressional districts, currently held by three Democrats and four Republicans.
For those who find politics to be a riveting spectator sport, the upcoming county assemblies are open to the public.