Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 18, 20189min203

TREASURER HUNT ... There are six Republicans running for state treasurer, and if current trends continue, primary voters could have nearly that many to choose from in June. Two of the candidates — Denver businessman Brian Watson and state Rep. Polly Lawrence of Roxborough Park — have turned in petitions, which are awaiting verification but were both gathered with the assistance of top-notch firms, so chances are decent they'll both make the ballot.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 13, 20188min822

Republican state Rep. Justin Everett handily won a straw poll conducted Monday night after a bipartisan forum for state treasurer candidates at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. The three-term lawmaker from Littleton, nicknamed "Justin Neverett" and "Dr. No" for his penchant to vote against legislation, led the 10 candidates on the ballot with 34.9 percent of the vote.


Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 5, 20183min8410

Donald Trump could have his winter White House at Mar-a-Lago, and if he’s elected in November, Brian Watson could have a lunch-time state treasurer’s office.

Watson’s Denver-based commercial real estate firm Northstar Commercial Partners announced Friday it bought the Offices at the Art building for $17.1 million. The handsome three-story office building across Broadway from the History Colorado museum is about two blocks south of the Capitol.

Convenient though it might be, Watson’s campaign tells Colorado Politics that the candidate won’t be doing business for Northstar if he’s elected to oversee the state’s bank account.

We’re a bit premature to assume he would, however, given the crowded field of Republicans seeking to follow Walker Stapleton, who is term-limited and running for governor this year.

Watson is one of 10 people running for office, including five other Republicans and, in all, five sitting state legislators — Sen. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud and Reps.Justin Everett of Littleton, Polly Lawrence or Roxborough Park, Steve Lebsock of Thornton and Dave Young of Greeley, plus Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn.

Watson got out to fast start, reporting about $215,000 in fundraising in his first quarter as a candidate to leave the field. He plans to collect petitions to get on the ballot, Colorado Politics’ Ernest Luning reported.

Watson is proud of his newly acquired jewel near where he his new office will be next year.

“This will be one of the top acquisitions in the Denver market for newer office space and we’re thrilled to be involved, especially with Denver as our hometown,” Watson, Northstar’s chairman and CEO, said a statement announcing the deal.

Northstar has interests in 48 “assets” in 16 States boasting about $1 billion in market value, he notes on his website. Over his 18-year tenure with the company, he has been a part of more than 130 deals.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 28, 201810min1083

UPDATE: According to officials with the Colorado secretary of state's office, the candidates who had difficulty filing campaign finance reports earlier this month, including those whose "major contributor" donations initially showed up twice in posted reports, weren't to blame for the mishaps. It turns out, a procedure on the secretary of state's side to convert spreadsheets filed by campaigns' agents wasn't handling the data properly — a glitch officials say they didn't fully grasp was botching the reports until days after the filing deadline. While some campaigns — and veteran compliance agent Marge Klein — took responsibility for what they thought were their own errors, below, the secretary of state's office says they were doing everything properly.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 4, 20184min12820

Republican state treasurer candidate Brian Watson plans to report raising roughly $215,000 for the quarter just ended, his first in the race — almost precisely the amount reported so far by all the other candidates running in crowded primaries in both parties — and plans to petition his way onto the June primary ballot, Colorado Politics has learned.