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Who’s running for Colorado governor: 16 candidates & counting

Author: Erin Prater - January 30, 2018 - Updated: January 31, 2018

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Term-limited Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, front, is congratulated after delivering his final State of the State address to a joint assembly Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in the State Capitol in Denver. Looking on are Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back left, and Secretary Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Hickenlooper encouraged lawmakers to take steps to improve the state’s crumbling roadways and to commit to education efforts to prepare the populous for jobs in the ever-changing economy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

 

A better question might be: Who isn’t running for governor in Colorado? New York Times columnist Frank Bruni recently dubbed Colorado “the state where everyone wants to be governor,” and he just might be right. Keeping track of the candidates is nearly impossible. (Hint: You don’t have enough fingers to count them all on.) We review the list of hopefuls to replace term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper.

 

Republicans

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton


Colorado gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton talks to constituents in a campaign ad. (Via Youtube)

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Attorney General Cynthia Coffman

In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., left, celebrates with his wife, Colorado attorney general Cynthia Coffman, at an election night gathering at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver. The Coffmans filed for divorce on Monday, June 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider, file)

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Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter III, a Republican candidate for governor of Colorado (Photo courtesy Gaiter via Flickr)

Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter III

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Former state Rep. Victor Mitchell

Victor Mitchell (Jessica Machetta, Colorado Politics)

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Former investment banker Doug Robinson, nephew of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney

“Colorado’s doing well, but we’re not really thinking about the future,” says Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Robinson. in an interview on Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

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Former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez

Republican gubernatorial candidates, from left, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, former investment banker Doug Robinson, businessman Victor Mitchell, Trump campaign alumni Steve Barlock and former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez participate in a forum sponsored by the Colorado Hispanic Republicans on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Westminster. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)
Republican gubernatorial candidates, from left, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, former investment banker Doug Robinson, businessman Victor Mitchell, Trump campaign alumni Steve Barlock and former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez participate in a forum sponsored by the Colorado Hispanic Republicans on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Westminster. (Photo by Ernest Luning, Colorado Politics)

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Former Denver County Trump campaign co-chair Steve Barlock

Steve Barlock (photo courtesy of the campaign)

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Jim Rundberg

 

Teri Kear

 

Democrats

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., looks on during the Colorado Democratic Party’s State Assembly in Denver on Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne

Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne greets well-wishers as she heads to her seat to listen to term-limited Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper deliver his final State of the State address to a joint assembly Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in the State Capitol in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy

Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy stands outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Photo by Ernest LUning/Colorado Politics)
Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy stands outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

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Former state Sen. Mike Johnston

Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, center, stands with his wife and other supporters at the Colorado Commits to Kids Amendment 66 watch party Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the Denver Marriott City Center. The amendment, which would have injected $950 million into K-12 education by changing income tax to a two-tiered system, was defeated. (The Gazette file photo)

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Noel Ginsburg

"We’re in a good place, but if we want to stay in a good place, we need to think differently about our role in investing in our state," says Democratic gubernatorial candidate Noel Ginsburg in his office at Intertech Plastics Inc., the Denver-based manufacturing company he founded, on Dec. 27, 2017. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)
“We’re in a good place, but if we want to stay in a good place, we need to think differently about our role in investing in our state,” says Democratic gubernatorial candidate Noel Ginsburg in his office at Intertech Plastics Inc., the Denver-based manufacturing company he founded, on Dec. 27, 2017. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

 

Erik Underwood

Erik Underwood
Gubernatorial candidate Erik Underwood. (Photo courtesy of the campaign)

Moses Humes

 

Potential

Former CSU Athletic Director Jack Graham

 

Former candidates

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo and Zach Klopfenstein, 13, checked out a motorcycle during a campaign stop at Dublin Park in Colorado Springs Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Tancredo is running for governor. (The Gazette file photo)

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post, MSNBC.com, Military.com and wire services.