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Democratic congressional candidate Stephany Rose Spaulding turns in nominating petitions

Author: Ernest Luning - March 13, 2018 - Updated: March 13, 2018

Stephany Rose SpauldingStephany Rose Spaulding (photo courtesy of the campaign)

Congressional candidate Stephany Rose Spaulding, one of five Democrats running for the seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, on Monday turned in petitions bearing just over 1,500 signatures to the secretary of state’s office, her campaign said.

Spaulding is the third candidate — and the first Democrat — in the 5th Congressional District to submit petitions to get on the June primary ballot.

“It’s definitely a relief, but it’s also very encouraging because it’s all been grassroots,” Spaulding, who teaches women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, told Colorado Politics. “A number of people have done it paying others, but this method we did, in terms of reaching out and talking to people one-on-one, has really gauged the pulse of our community. People are extremely fired up — but not just Democrats, there were a number of independents who were disappointed they couldn’t sign our petitions because they really wanted to. They want change.”

In order to make the June 26 primary ballot, congressional candidates must turn in 1,000 valid signatures from fellow party members registered in their district or win the support of at least 30 percent of the delegates to congressional district assemblies in late March and early April. Spaulding said she’s taking both routes to the ballot.

Other Democrats running for the Republican-leaning seat are Betty Field, Marcus Murphy, Lori Furstenberg and Kimberly Sugarman. According to the secretary of state’s office, Field and Furstenberg have been given the go-ahead to circulate petitions, which are due March 20.

Four Republicans are running against Lamborn, who is serving his sixth term in Congress: El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, state Sen. Owen Hill, retired Texas judge Bill Rhea and former Green Mountain Falls Mayor Tyler Stevens. Lamborn and Glenn have turned in petitions, and Glenn learned at the end of February that he has qualified for the ballot. Hill said last week he intends to seek the nomination through the assembly process, a possibility Lamborn’s campaign said the incumbent is also considering.

Spaulding said it doesn’t matter to her whether Lamborn or one of his challengers wins the GOP primary.

“For us, our mind is really on flipping the 5th, so whoever the Republican is, we’re ready for them,” she said.

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.