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Democrat Andy Kerr suspends campaign, endorses Perlmutter after his return to race

Author: Ernest Luning - August 22, 2017 - Updated: August 23, 2017

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State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, announces he's withdrawing from the 7th Congressional District Democratic primary and endorsing U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter for the seat in a video posted to his campaign's Facebook page on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (Photo via Facebook)State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, announces he’s withdrawing from the 7th Congressional District Democratic primary and endorsing U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter for the seat in a video posted to his campaign’s Facebook page on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (Photo via Facebook)

Colorad state Sen. Andy Kerr, a Lakewood Democrat, withdrew from the 7th Congressional District primary Tuesday morning and threw his support behind U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, the six-term incumbent, who jumped back in the race for his seat a day earlier.

“There’s good reason to be excited about Ed’s decision to run for Congress again,” Kerr said in a video posted to his campaign’s Facebook page. “He’s a true-blue Coloradan that has spent more than a decade in Washington, D.C., fighting for our values and making sure that we have a strong advocate for Jefferson and Adams Counties.

“I know that Ed will continue to push back against President Trump and Paul Ryan’s regressive agenda, and champion progressive solutions. I hope you will join me in supporting him in his re-election.”

Kerr’s fellow Democratic lawmakers state Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, and state Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, suspended their primary campaigns for the seat Monday and endorsed Perlmutter. Former Obama-era ambassador Dan Baer of Arvada, a recent entrant in the primary race, has yet to say whether he’s staying in the race.

Perlmutter upended what had been a crowded primary for the suburban congressional seat when he announced Monday he’d changed his mind and would seek reelection. Perlmutter had left the seat open in April when launched a campaign for governor but dropped that effort in July, saying he lacked “fire in the belly,” although at the time he said he wouldn’t be seeking another term. Colorado Politics was first to report Perlmutter was reconsidering that decision earlier this month.

“Too many politicians forget the people who they’re supposed to be fighting for,” Kerr said in his announcement Tuesday. “I never will.”

Kerr is term-limited representing Jefferson County’s Senate District 22.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.


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