HD-29 In The Crosshairs

If you’re a Democratic incumbent who won your last race by a thin margin you’d better strap yourself in for a negative advertising binge.

That’s a lesson Rep. Debbie Benefield has learned.

The Democratic candidate, who won the state’s 29th House District by one percentage point in 2004 and is campaigning against Republican challenger Affie Ellis, has been a prime target for attack ads funded by two 527 groups. 

The 527s, All Children Matter

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.