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Democrat Sullivan challenges Tate for Senate District 27 seat

Author: Ernest Luning - February 23, 2016 - Updated: February 23, 2016

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The father of an Aurora theater shooting victim launched his run Tuesday against state Sen. Jack Tate, R-Centennial, who was appointed to represent the heavily Republican Senate District 27 in December. Democrat Tom Sullivan — a retired postal worker, Air Force veteran and member of the AFL-CIO Colorado executive board — has been a regular presence at the state Capitol, lobbying and testifying in favor of gun control legislation for more than three years since his son Alex was one of 12 killed by James Holmes at an Aurora movie theater in 2012. “Through these experiences, I realized I had a voice, and it was being heard,” Sullivan said at his campaign launch at Silo Park in Greenwood Village. “I want to be a voice for economic freedom for middle class families in our community and make an impact on everyday people like us. It’s time we stand together to level the playing field for middle class Coloradans and create an economy that works for everyone, not just the very wealthy and well connected.”

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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. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.