Election Coverage

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The Colorado governor's race turned on aspirations, financial realities and a blue wave of support for Democrats, drowning Republican gubernatorial nominee Walker Stapleton in favor of Democrat Jared Polis, who will become the first elected openly gay governor in the U.S., and the state's first Jewish governor.

The last of seven expected Colorado ballot measures that all hope to make it to the November ballot was turned in to the Secretary of State just after 2:30 p.m. Monday. “Stop Buying Our Elections” is the name attached to ballot initiative #173. The measure seeks to level the playing field when candidates or their supporters put millions of dollars into campaigns.

Proponents of a ballot measure they claim will strengthen private property rights turned in a record 209,000 petition signatures Friday to the secretary of state. Initiative 108 is a constitutional proposal for the November ballot that its chief sponsor, Colorado Farm Bureau, says will allow private property owners to take state or local governments to court when their property is devalued.

A gubernatorial candidate hasn’t bypassed the Club 20 debate for decades, if ever, and folks on the Western Slope aren’t taking Jared Polis’ decision to skip the debate lightly. Democrat nominee Polis is sending Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne in his stead to the Sept. 8 event in Grand Junction, to face Republican nominee Walker Stapleton.

Local officials and municipal attorneys say they are worried a proposed constitutional amendment — backed by the Colorado Farm Bureau and the oil and gas industry — will blunt the ability of cities, towns and counties to make many land-use decisions. The measure is Initiative 108. Backers are currently gathering signatures in hopes of placing the measure on the fall ballot.