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Noel Ginsburg to petition, Cary Kennedy to go through caucus to get on Democratic primary ballot

Author: Ernest Luning - December 28, 2017 - Updated: December 28, 2017

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Democratic gubernatorial candidates Cary Kennedy and Noel Ginsburg (Photos by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)Democratic gubernatorial candidates Cary Kennedy and Noel Ginsburg (Photos by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Cary Kennedy and Noel Ginsburg said this week they’re taking different routes to try to get on the primary ballot, with Kennedy planning to go through the caucus and assembly process and Ginsburg telling Colorado Politics he intends to get on by petition.

Kennedy, a former state treasurer, and Ginsburg, a business owner and civic leader, are among the five major Democratic candidates running to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. So far, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne has announced she intends to petition on, while U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and former state Sen. Mike Johnston haven’t disclosed their intentions.

In order to qualify for the June 26 Democratic or Republican primary ballot, statewide candidates can either get 30 percent of the delegate vote at their party’s state assembly or collect 1,500 signatures from party members from each of the state’s seven congressional districts.

Following the passage last year of Initiative 108, unaffiliated voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots in either of the major party’s primaries.

Candidates can begin circulating nominating petitions on Jan. 16 and must turn them in by March 20.

Precinct caucuses are held across the state on March 6, and both the Democrats’ and Republicans’ state assemblies are scheduled for April 14.

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.