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State Rep. Polly Lawrence, a Republican candidate for state treasurer, submits nominating petitions

Author: Ernest Luning - March 8, 2018 - Updated: March 8, 2018

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Polly LawrenceState Rep. Polly Lawrence, a candidate for state treasurer, discusses state contracts in a campaign video shot in Grand Junction. (Screen grab, via the campaign)

State Rep. Polly Lawrence, a Douglas County Republican running for Colorado state treasurer, turned in nearly 20,000 petition signatures Monday to secure a spot on the June primary ballot, her campaign said.

“Each of the signatures and the people behind them, willing to put their name literally on the line, means so much to me,” Lawrence told Colorado Politics. “Gathering signatures statewide is no small feat, and I’m looking forward to earning the vote of our Republican party in June.”

She’s one of six Republicans running for the office held by term-limited Walker Stapleton, a GOP candidate for governor and the second petitioning candidate to deliver signatures to the secretary of state’s office.

Real estate CEO Brian Watson submitted roughly 17,000 signatures at the end of last week. For statewide candidates, it takes 10,500 valid signatures from fellow party members to qualify for the June 26 ballot.

Alternatively, candidates can go through the assembly process, which kicked off Tuesday night at more than 3,000 precinct caucuses around the state. Candidates who go that route have to win the votes of at least 30 percent of delegates to the state assembly. The GOP’s meeting this year is set for April 14 in Boulder.

That’s how the other Republicans in the race are planning to get in front of primary voters. They are state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud; state Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton; Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn; and Brett Barkey, the district attorney of Grand, Moffat and Routt counties.

Three Democrats are running for the office, which handles the state’s finances, takes care of returning unclaimed cash and property to residents and has a seat on the state pension system’s board.

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.