UPDATED: Colorado Endorsement Watch

Some of the leading endorsements for 2006 Colorado general election races (and selected local races) appear below. Endorsements in ballot issues and state and federal legislative races appear below the fold. We will be updating this post over the course of the election season this year. This post was most recently updated November 6, 2006 at 11:58 p.m. As used here, none means none yet included on this list, and does not imply that a comprehensive search has been made for that race. Circulation numbers have been added to this post.

GOVERNOR:
Bill Ritter (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Grand Junction Sentinel
Aspen Times Weekly
Montrose Daily Press
Boulder Daily Camera
Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun
Colorado Springs Independent
Boulder Weekly
Pueblo Chieftain
Bob Beauprez (R)
Longmont Daily Times-Call
Loveland Daily Reporter-HeraldATTORNEY GENERAL
Fern O’Brien (D)
Boulder Weekly
John Suthers (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Grand Junction Sentinel
Colorado Springs Independent
Aspen Times Weekly
Greeley Tribune

STATE TREASURER
Cary Kennedy (D)
Denver Post
Durango Herald
Aspen Times Weekly
Boulder Daily Camera
Colorado Springs Independent
Mark Hillman (R)
Rocky Mountain News
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Pueblo Chieftain
Boulder Weekly
Longmont Daily Times-Call
Loveland Daily Reporter-Hearld
Greeley Tribune

SECRETARY OF STATE
Ken Gordon (D)
Colorado Springs Independent
Boulder Weekly
Mike Coffman (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Boulder Daily Camera
Aspen Times Weekly
Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald
Greeley Tribune

1st Congressional District
Diana DeGette (D)
No Major Party Opposition

2nd Congressional District
Mark Udall (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Boulder Daily Camera
Boulder Weekly
Longmont Daily Times-Call
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Rich Mancuso (R)
None

3rd Congressional District
John Salazar (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Aspen Times Weekly
Scott Tipton (R)
Grand Junction Sentinel

4th Congressional District
Angie Paccione (D)
Denver Post
Boulder Weekly
Marilyn Musgrave (R)
Rocky Mountain News
Pueblo Chieftain
Longmont Daily Times-Call
Eric Eidsness (Reform Party)
Greeley Tribune
Lamar Daily Times
Fort Morgan Times
Sterling Journal Advocate
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)

5th Congressional District
Jay Fawcett (D)
Denver Post
Colorado Springs Independent
Esquire magazine
Doug Lamborn (R)
Rocky Mountain News

6th Congressional District
Bill Winter (D)
Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun
Tom Tancredo (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

7th Congressional District
Ed Perlmutter (D)
Denver Post
Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun
Rick O’Donnell
Rocky Mountain News

REFERENDUM E (Veteran’s Tax Break)
Yes
Denver Post
Boulder Weekly
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun
No
Boulder Daily Camera
Durango Herald
Colorado Springs Independent

REFERENDUM F (Recall Deadlines)
Yes
Denver Post
Boulder Weekly
Durango Herald
No
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Colorado Springs Independent

REFERENDUM G (Obsolete Provisions)
Yes
Denver Post
Durango Herald
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Boulder Weekly
Colorado Springs Independent
No
None

REFERENDUM H (Deny Illegal Immigrant Tax Dedudction)
Yes
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Durango Herald
Greeley Tribune
No
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Boulder Weekly

REFERENDUM I (Domestic Partnerships)
Yes
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Boulder Daily Camera
Boulder Weekly
Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun
Durango Herald
Colorado Springs Independent
Greeley Tribune
No
None

REFERENDUM J (65% On Instruction Lite)
Yes
None
No
Rocky Mountain News
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Boulder Weekly
Durango Herald
Colorado Springs Independent
Indifferent
Denver Post

REFERENDUM K (Sue Feds Over Immigration)
Yes
Denver Post
Durango Herald
No
Rocky Mountain News
Boulder Weekly
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Greeley Tribune
Boulder Daily Camera
Colorado Springs Independent

AMENDMENT 38 (Petitions)
Yes
None
No
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News (and also here).
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Aspen Times
Boulder Daily Camera
Durango Herald
Colorado Springs Independent
Boulder Weekly
Longmont Times-Call
Steamboat Pilot
Canon City Courier
Loveland Reporter Herald

AMENDMENT 39 (65% On Instruction)
Yes
None
No
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Colorado Springs Gazette
Durango Herald
Colorado Springs Independent
Boulder Weekly
Salida Mountain Mail
Montrose Daily Press
Craig Daily Press
Vail Daily
Boulder Daily Camera
The Aurora Daily Sun & Sentinel
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Aspen Times
Fort Morgan Times
Steamboat Pilot & Today 
Colorado Springs Gazette
Longmont Times-Call
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Canon City Daily Record
Pueblo Chieftain

AMENDMENT 40 (Judicial Term Limits)
Yes
None
No
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Colorado Springs Gazette
Greeley Tribune
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Boulder Daily Camera
Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun (and here).
Durango Herald
Colorado Springs Independent
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Boulder Weekly

AMENDMENT 41 (Legislative Ethics)
Yes
Denver Post
Durango Herald
Boulder Weekly
Colorado Springs Independent
No
Rocky Mountain News (also here and here).
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

AMENDMENT 42 (Minimum Wage)
Yes
Colorado Springs Independent
Boulder Weekly
No
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Boulder Daily Camera
Durango Herald

AMENDMENT 43 (Marriage Definition)
Yes
Rocky Mountain News
Grand Junction Sentinel (Reversing a previous “No” endorsement)
No
Denver Post
Boulder Daily Camera
Durango Herald
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Boulder Weekly
Colorado Springs Independent
Greeley Tribune

AMENDMENT 44 (Marijuana)
Yes
Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun
Colorado Springs Gazette
Durango Herald
Colorado Springs Independent
Boulder Weekly
No
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Boulder Daily Camera

Denver 1A (Preschool Funding)
Yes
Denver Post
No
Rocky Mountain News

Denver 1B (Create CFO Position)
Yes
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
No
None

Fort Collins 5C (Create Library District)
Yes
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
No
None

Larimer County 1A (Jail Tax)
Yes
None
No
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)

CU REGENT AT LARGE
Steve Ludwig (D)
Denver Post
Boulder Weekly
Colorado Daily
Brian Davidson (R)
Rocky Mountain News
Cortez Journal
The Durango Herald
Boulder Daily Camera
Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun
Pueblo Chieftan
Marcus McCarty (Independent)
Canon City Daily Record
Longmont Daily Times-Call
Loveland Daily Reporter Herald

CU REGENT DISTRICT 3
Susan Hakason (D)
None
Tillie Bishop (R)
Cortez Journal
Denver Post

CU REGENT DISTRICT 5
Kyle Hybl (R)
Unopposed

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 2
Evie Hudak (D)
Unopposed

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 4
Tom Griggs
Boulder Weekly
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Bob Schaffer (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 7
Karen Middleton (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Lee Kunz (R)
None


SD 1
Greg Brophy (R)
Denver Post
James Bowen (D)
None

SD 2
Michael Griego
None
Ken Kester (R)
Denver Post

SD 3
Abel Tapia (D)
Unopposed

SD 5
Gail Schwartz (D)
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Aspen Times Weekly
Lew Entz (R)
Denver Post

SD 6
Jim Isgar (D)
Denver Post
Ron Tate (R)
None

SD 7
Dana Barker (D)
Grand Junction Sentinel
John Penry (R)
Denver Post

SD 9
Keely Marrs (D)
Denver Post
Colorado Springs Independent
David Schultheis (R)
None

SD 11
John Morse (D)
Denver Post
Colorado Springs Independent
Ed Jones (R)
None

SD 13
Solomon Little Owl (D)
Denver Post
Scott Renfroe (R)
None

SD 15
Jennifer Miller
None
Steve Johnson (R)
Denver Post
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Loveland Reporter-Herald

SD 16
Joan Fitz-Gerald (D)
Denver Post
Boulder Daily Camera
Boulder Weekly
Marty Neilson (R)
Rocky Mountain News

SD 20
Moe Keller (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Dick Sargent
None

SD 21
Betty Boyd (D)
Denver Post
Matt Knoedler (R)
Rocky Mountain News

SD 22
Paula Noonan (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Mike Kopp (R)
None

SD 24
Lois Tochtrop (D)
Denver Post
Luis Alvarez (R)
Rocky Mountain News

SD 30
Shelly Tokerud (D)
None
Ted Harvey (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

SD 32
Chris Romer (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Dave Lewis (R)
None

SD 34
Paula Sandoval (D)
Unopposed

No state senate elections are being held this year in Colorado in SDs 4, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33 or 35 in 2006.

HD 1

Jeanne Labuda (D)
Denver Post
Aimee Rathburn (R)
Rocky Mountain News

HD 2
Mike Cerbo (D)
Unoppposed

HD 3
Anne McGihon (D)
Unopposed

HD 4
Jerry Frangas (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Rick Nevin (R)
None

HD 5
Joel Judd (D)
Unopposed

HD 6
Andrew Romanoff
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Jeffrey Hecht (R)
None

HD 7
Terrance Carroll (D)
Unopposed

HD 8
Rosemary Marshall (D)
Unopposed

HD 9
Alice Borodkin (D)
Unopposed

HD 10
Alice Madden (D)
Unopposed
HD 11
Jack Pommer (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Boulder Daily Camera
Boulder Weekly
Catherine Jarrett (R)
None

HD 12
Paul Weissman (D)
Unopposed

HD 13
Claire Levy
Boulder Daily Camera
Boulder Weekly
Rand Fanshier (Libertarian)
None

HD 14
Karen Teja (D)
Denver Post
Colorado Springs Independent
Kent Lambert (R)
None

HD 15
Allison Hunter (D)
None
Bill Cadman (R)
Denver Post

HD 16
Larry Liston (R)
Unopposed

HD 17
Christine Varney (D)
None
Mark Cloer (R)
Denver Post
Colorado Springs Independent

HD 18
Michael Merrifield (D)
Denver Post
Colorado Springs Independent
Kyle Fisk (R)
None

HD 19
Ken Barela (D)
Colorado Spring Independent
Marsha Looper (R)
Denver Post

HD 20
Jan Hejtmanek (D)
Colorado Spring Independent
Amy Stephens (R)
Denver Post

HD 21
Anna Lord (D)
Colorado Springs Independent
Bob Gardner (R)
Denver Post

HD 22
Jayson Haberkorn (D)
None
Ken Summers (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 23
Gwyn Green (D)
Denver Post
Ramey Johnson (R)
Rocky Mountain News

HD 24
Cherl Jahn (D)
Write In Opposition Only

HD 25
Mike Daniels (D)
None
Rob Witwer (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 26
Andy Kerr (D)
Denver Post
Glenn Rhoades (R)
None

HD 27
Sara Gagliardi (D)
Denver Post
Bill Crane (R)
Rocky Mountain News

HD 28
Thomas Dittemore (D)
None
Jim Kerr (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 29
Debbie Benefield (D)
Denver Post
Affie Ellis (R)
Rocky Mountain News

HD 30
Mary Hodge (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Darrin Dutcher (R)
None

HD 31
Judy Solano (D)
Denver Post
Rex Pierce (R)
Rocky Mountain News

HD 32
Edward Casso (D)
Denver Post
Tracey Snyder (R)
Rocky Mountain News

HD 33
Dianne Primavera (D)
Boulder Daily Camera
Bill Berens (R)
Denver Post

HD 34
John Soper (D)
Unopposed

HD 35
Cherylin Peniston (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Ruben Pacheco (R)
None

HD 36
Morgan Carroll (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Brian Boney (R)
None

HD 37
Angela Engel (D)
None
Spencer Swalm (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 38
Joe Rice (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Matt Dunn (R)
None

HD 39
Mollie Cullom (D)
None
David Balmer (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 40
Matt Bryant (D)
None
Debbie Stafford (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 41
Nancy Todd (D)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News
Clyde Robinson (R)
None

HD 42
Michael Garcia (D)
None
Tim Babbage (Green)
None

HD 43
Allen Dreher (D)
None
Frank McNulty (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 44
Lois Huff (D)
None
Mike May (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 45
Linda Constantine (D)
None
Victor Mitchell (R)
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

HD 46
Dorothy Butcher (D)
Denver Post
Susan Pelto (R)
None

HD 47
Buffie McFadyen (D)
Denver Post
Jeffrey Shaw (R)
None

HD 48
Michael Dugan (D)
None
Glenn Vaad (R)
Denver Post

HD 49
Sue Radford (D)
Denver Post
Kevin Lundberg (R)
Loveland Reporter-Herald

HD 50
Jim Riesberg (D)
Denver Post
Dave Owen (R)
None

HD 51
Jodi Radke (D)
Denver Post
Don Marostica (R)
Loveland Reporter-Herald

HD 52
John Kefalas (D)
None
Bob McCluskey (R)
Denver Post
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)

HD 53
Randy Fischer (D)
Denver Post
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)
Anne Yeldell (R)
None

HD 54
Richard Alward (D)
Denver Post
Grand Junction Sentinel
Steve King
None

HD 55
Bernie Buescher (D)
Denver Post
Grand Junction Sentinel
Bob Caskey (R)
None

HD 56
Dan Gibbs (D)
Denver Post
Ken Chlouber (R)
None

HD 57
Andrew Gold (D)
None
Al White (R)
Denver Post

HD 58
Brian Ahern (D)
None
Ray Rose (R)
Denver Post

HD 59
Joe Colgan (D)
None
Ellen Roberts (R)
Denver Post

HD 60
Curtis Imrie (D)
None
Tom Massey (R)
Denver Post

HD 61
Kathleen Curry (D)
Unopposed

HD 62
Rafael Gallegos (D)
Denver Post
John Sandoval (R)
None

HD 63
Pauline Artery (D)
None
Cory Gardner (R)] Denver Post

HD 64
Wes McKinley (D)
Denver Post
John Albright (R)
None

HD 65
John Sonneberg (R)
Unopposed

In 2004 circulation numbers from some of Colorado’s newspapers were as follows:

1. The Denver Post (286,197)
2. Rocky Mountain News (Denver, 286,004)
3. The Pueblo Chieftain (52,208)
4. Daily Camera (Boulder, 33,419)
5. The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction): 29,975)
6. Fort Collins Coloradoan (28,415)
7. Greeley Daily Tribune (26,241) 
8. Daily Times-Call (Longmont, 21,465)
9. Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald (17,548)
10. Aspen Daily News (12,100)
11. Durango Herald (8,621)
12. Daily Record (Canon City, 8,164)

The Colorado Springs Gazette, which has a large circulation as well, has a policy of not formally endorsing candidates. The Longmont Daily Times-Call, Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald and Canon City Daily have a common editorial board and generally run identical endorsements in each paper.

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