A Denver election law attorney who regularly goes to bat for Democrats filed a complaint Monday alleging campaign finance violations by a group of nonprofits that are backing five unaffiliated legislative candidates in Colorado.
Palisade Town Trustee Thea Chase announced Monday she's running as an unaffiliated candidate for the House District 54 seat represented by Mesa County Republican Yeulin Willett, who isn't seeking reelection. She'll have the backing of Unite Colorado, formerly known as the Centrist Project, an organization that's working to elect independent lawmakers.
The campaign organization that used to be called the Centrist Project says it's recruiting unaffiliated candidates in eight legislative seats across Colorado — and plans to train potential candidates the same night Republicans and Democrats will be holding precinct caucuses.
Charging that the Democratic establishment has already picked its nominee, Senate District 32 candidate Peter Smith, who gained national attention when he "glitter-bombed" Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Denver six years ago, said this week he's left the Democratic Party and plans to run for the seat as an independent.
State Rep. Dan Thurlow, a Grand Junction Republican, plans to announce Saturday he's challenging state Sen. Ray Scott in the GOP primary, although he first considered running for the seat as an unaffiliated candidate, Colorado Politics has learned.
The four unaffiliated statehouse candidates running under the Unite Colorado banner — that's the organization that used to be known as the Centrist Project — declared a pox on both major parties' houses after the federal government ran out of money late Friday night when Congress failed to approve spending legislation.
The nonprofit formerly known as the Centrist Project, a group working to elect nonpartisans officials nationwide, on Monday unveiled a slate of four unaffiliated Colorado candidates running this year for the Legislature in the opening salvo of its assault on the two major parties' unbroken rule of the state's government. It also announced it's changing its name to Unite America and will call the state-focused organization Unite Colorado.
Adam Matkowsky is dropping out of the Democratic primary in Senate District 24 and plans to run for the battleground seat as an independent, the Thornton city councilman and Westminster police officer said Monday.