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Kennedy wins top line, Polis will join Dems’ gubernatorial primary ballot

Author: Marianne Goodland - April 14, 2018 - Updated: April 16, 2018

Former Colorado State Treasurer and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy gestures after accepting her nomination for governor at the 2018 Colorado Democratic State Assembly at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield on April 14. (Photo by Andy Colwell for Colorado Politics)

BROOMFIELD — The Colorado Democratic Party’s state assembly has given former state treasurer Cary Kennedy the top line on its June 26 primary ballot.

Kennedy, of Denver, received 61.65 percent of the vote. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder also made the ballot with 32.85 percent. A third candidate, Erik Underwood, failed to gain the 1,300 votes that would give him 30 percent of the vote and a place on the ballot. Candidates must win at least 30 percent of the vote to make it onto the primary ballot.

“Thank you to all of the Democrats in Colorado who gave up their Saturday to participate in this important, grassroots process,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I am so grateful to the delegates who supported me today and throughout the caucus process. This grassroots momentum is going to take me to victory in June and November.”

Kennedy and Polis could be joined on the ballot by Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, who is waiting for the results of petitions she submitted to the secretary of state last month. Former state Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver has already been certified for the ballot through petitions he submitted.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis gestures after accepting his nomination for governor at the 2018 Colorado Democratic State Assembly at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield on April 14. (Photo by Andy Colwell for Colorado Politics)

Kennedy’s win follows her top finish at the party’s March 9 caucuses, where she won 50 percent of the vote. Polis took 32.5 percent.

In the race for treasurer, two candidates made the ballot: Rep. Dave Young of Greeley took top line with 52.16 percent; Bernard Douthit also will be on the primary ballot with 31.5 percent. Charles Scheibe received 16.34 percent of votes.

Two candidates also made the primary ballot for attorney general. Phil Weiser won the most votes, with 52.87 percent; Rep. Joe Salazar of Thornton took 36.58 percent. Amy Padden failed to make the primary ballot through the assembly with 10.54 percent of the vote.

However, Padden is attempting to get onto the ballot through the petition process. Candidates who go through the assembly must gain at least 10 percent of the vote if they do both, so Padden has enough votes to continue on. Her petitions have not been substantiated yet by the secretary of state.

The secretary of state race is now down to two candidates: the incumbent, Republican Wayne Williams, and Democrat Jena Griswold, who will be the only Democrat. She won in a landslide over Phillip Villard. Griswold took 98.44 percent of the vote.

The last race, for regent at large for the University of Colorado, had only one Democratic candidate: Lesley Smith.

Polis’ campaign released a statement after the results were announced, noting that he also turned in 33,000 signatures to make the ballot. He’s the only gubernatorial candidate to go through both the assembly and the petition process.

The Democratic party assembly was held in Broomfield at the 1stBank Center. Close to 4,000 delegates were elected to participate from county assemblies, although fewer than that actually showed up.

Just over 3,400 delegates voted in Saturday’s event.


Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect the correct spelling of Charles Scheibe’s name.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.