U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter to drop out of Colorado governor’s race; won’t run for re-election to Congress

Author: Peter Marcus - July 10, 2017 - Updated: December 28, 2017

In this 2015 file photo, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., is framed between the tripods holding television cameras as he listens to officials speak during a news conference at the construction site of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

Colorado’s U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter is expected to drop his bid for governor and will not run for re-election to Congress, Colorado Politics has learned.

The announcement from Perlmutter comes just as his first fundraising numbers are due and only three months after he joined the race in April when he stood at a Natural Grocers store in Golden and declared, “Elections are always about the future, and you and I have the ability to shape that future.”

The campaigns of three Democrats looking to replace the well-known congressman in the 7th Congressional District were thrown into a frenzy on Monday afternoon upon release of the media advisory from Perlmutter’s gubernatorial campaign.

The cryptic advisory said only that, “Ed Perlmutter will hold a press conference on Tuesday morning regarding the gubernatorial race.”

Perlmutter has scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. in Golden on Tuesday, where he is expected to formally announce that he is stepping out of the governor’s race.

Sources close to Perlmutter’s campaign, as well as sources from the campaigns of the three Democrats looking to replace him in Congress, confirmed to Colorado Politics that Perlmutter will announce on Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race.

Those sources also confirmed that Perlmutter will not run for re-election in 2018, which leaves the seat open for a spirited Democratic primary.

State Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood, Rep. Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood, and Sen. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City, are all in a battle to take over Perlmutter’s seat.

“Ed has been a friend, a mentor, and a hard-working public servant for the people of Jefferson and Adams counties,” Kerr said in a statement. “I wish him only the best in whatever path he chooses going forward.”

The gubernatorial race is still crowded for Democrats, with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder, former state Sen. Mike Johnston of Denver, civics leader Noel Ginsburg, and former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, all competing to take over the governor’s office.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is term-limited after 2018.

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus is senior statehouse reporter for Colorado Politics. He covers the legislature and previously covered politics, the governor’s office, the legislature and Congress for The Durango Herald. He joined The Herald in 2014 from The Colorado Statesman, a Denver-based political weekly. The Washington Post twice named Marcus one of the nation’s top state-based political and legislative reporters.


  • Joan Byrne

    July 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    What a loss for Colorado.

  • UBG

    July 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Good riddance. The guy is no fan of liberty (one example of many – search “Ed Perlmutter landed gentry”).

    • Marti J. Smith

      July 11, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Hey…why are you Republicans afraid to list your names and own your comments? To make this comment about a man who has stood firm for our Veterans and those who need his help when no one else would—you are a coward of the first degree.

    • David Nefzger

      July 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Landed Gentry? More false news. He worked his way through college at his father’s construction firm where he was a member of the Laborer’s Union. Unlike most in DC he actually worked and did not just sit in the office and collect money from dad. He did a great job for working families while in the state legislature and took his values to DC. One of the rare politicians who actually know what it is like to have to work for a living.

      • UBG

        July 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm


        You didn’t do the search I suggested as your reply was unrelated.

        What’s are “working families?” My definition is where at least one head of household (may be that there’s only one) holds any job. Those jobs include working at a fast food restaurant as a cashier (though, if that’s your only source of income, then you probably should wait before starting a family), construction, doctor, banker, CEO of Exxon Mobile. Like I said, “any job.” I suspect your definition is different and divisive, but you tell me.

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