A record-setting 20 candidates try to petition onto the primary ballot

Candidates and campaigns line up before the Colorado Secretary of State's office opened at 8 a.m. Monday to drop off petitions. From left to right: Lydia Blaha and Katey Price, with Senate candidate Robert Blaha's campaign; Joe Wood with state Senate candidate Erin Bennett's campaign; and Patrick Fry and his sister, Michele Fry, a state House candidate.
Candidates and campaigns line up Monday to drop off their petitions. From left to right: Lydia Blaha and Katey Price, with Senate candidate Robert Blaha’s campaign; Joe Wood with state Senate candidate Erin Bennett’s campaign; and Patrick Fry and his sister, Michele Fry, a state House candidate.

The 20 candidates who turned in petition signatures to get on the June 28 primary ballot appear to have set a record for recent elections.

A hat tip to Jake Ryan, a reporter and producer at KVNF who called to say 20 sounded like a lot and did we have numbers for previous elections.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Joel Albin, the ballot access manager, did some hunting and provided numbers back to the 2008 primary.

The first figure is the number of candidates who turned in signatures. The second is how many were approved to be on the ballot after signatures were checked to determine if they were valid.

2014: 11 / 9

2012: 4 / 4

2010: 13 / 8

2008: 14 / 13

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Sen. Pat Steadman: Meet the people who want to be the next me

Erin Bennet, state director of the Colorado chapter of 9to5, at a rally at the state Capitol. (Bennett campaign photo)
Erin Bennet, state director of the Colorado chapter of 9to5, at a rally at the state Capitol. (Bennett campaign photo)

State Sen. Pat Steadman does most of the talking at his town halls, but on Monday he’s going to give three Denver Democrats vying for his seat a chance to make their case.

Steadman said next year is going to be “all about” the race for president and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s re-election bid.

“Not enough attention is paid to state legislative races,” he said, when asked about hosting the candidate forum.

“Now is the perfect time to ask people to learn more about candidates who want to represent them in the state legislature. It’s a public service.”

Sen. Pat Steadman, left, had endorsed Steve Sherick, right, in the race got his legislative seat. (Sherick campaign photo)
Sen. Pat Steadman, left, had endorsed Steve Sherick, right, in the race got his legislative seat. (Sherick campaign photo)
Gov. John HIckenlooper, left, has endorsed state Rep. Lois Court for Senate District 31. (Court campaign photo)
Gov. John HIckenlooper, left, has endorsed state Rep. Lois Court for Senate District 31. (Court campaign photo)

Steadman is term limited after 2016. Running for his seat are Erin Bennett, the state director of the Colorado chapter of  9to5, state Rep. Lois Court and emergency room doctor Steve Sherick.  Steadman raised some eyebrows earlier this week by endorsing Sherick with the town hall just days away. The endorsement was first reported by The Denver Post’s John Frank, who noted Steadman passed over his legislative colleague.

Steadman told the SOS he originally planned to hold the Senate District 31 town hall last month, and didn’t want to hold off any longer on endorsing Sherick.

The forum  will be held at the Eisenhower Chapel at Lowry, 293 Roslyn St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Monday, and the event begins at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 8 p.m.