Candidates already lining up for 2018 governor’s race

The race for Colorado governor may be two years away, but that isn’t stopping some people from jumping in.

None of them are well-known people — those folks have yet to announce their intentions yet — but they include some from the two major parties.

The names Democrats have talked about running include U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who represents the 7th Congressional District, and former Interior Secretary and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar.

On the Republican side, names that often come up include Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton and George Brauchler, district attorney in the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

There’s also a long list of others who have talked about or have been said to be considering running, including state Sens. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction; Michael Merrifield, D-Manitou Springs; and Michael Johnston, D-Denver.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is term-limited and barred from running again.

The most recent person actually to jump in is Denver manufacturing entrepreneur Noel Ginsburg, chief executive officer of Intertech Plastics and founder of CareerWise Colorado, an employment company.

“I am running for governor because I want to bring my business and civic leadership to Colorado as a whole,” Ginsburg said in a release. “As a state, we need fresh ideas that will allow us to increase access to good jobs for good pay. Everyone needs to be lifted up by economic growth. That involves our education system, skills development and the creation of new pathways and choices for people to enter the middle class and beyond.”

Meanwhile, six others have already formed committees with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office for governor.

Two are Democrats and one is a Republican. The others are from the Green and Unity parties and the remaining one is unaffiliated. They are:

■ Moses Humes, a Democrat who ran as a write-in candidate for Colorado Springs mayor last year, says on his Facebook page that he’s running “to fix all the issues that comes to Congress to be fixed.”

■ Adam Garrity, a Hayden Democrat, says in his Facebook announcement, “The residents of Colorado deserve hunting licenses before they all get sold out to private hunts,” and that “restrooms in park ares (sic) get damaged and the repairs are twice the cost as the initial building price.”

■ Joanne Silva, a Loveland Republican, told the Loveland Reporter-Herald last week that she’s running, in part, because “Donald Trump is my role model and inspiration. If Donald Trump can do it, so can I.”

■ Bill Hammons is a member of the Unity Party from Boulder who ran for the U.S. Senate this year, earning 0.34 percent of the vote. He said he’s running for governor, in part, because he helped get more than 1,000 Coloradans to register as Unity Party members, making it a recognized third party in the state. “The establishment parties just might have a surprise of Pearl Harbor proportions in store in 2018,” he said in his gubernatorial campaign announcement earlier this month.

■ Michael Wilbourn, a Fort Collins resident, is running as an unaffiliated candidate.

■ Veronique Bellamy, a Longmont resident, is running as a Green Party candidate.

3 dead in wrong-way crash on I-25

PUEBLO — Three people are dead after a pickup going the wrong way on Interstate 25 in southern Colorado crashed head-on into another vehicle.

The Colorado State Patrol says a 71-year-old man from Washington driving a Ford 150 with a U-Haul trailer was headed south in the northbound side of the highway near Pueblo on Thursday night when he collided with a GMC Jimmy. The crash killed the drivers of the pickup and the Jimmy, a 51-year-old woman from Colorado Springs, along with a boy traveling with her.

Teenage twins spot rare sandpiper


DENVER — Teenage twins and avid birders Jack and Ryan Bushong are credited with the first-ever sighting of a purple sandpiper in Colorado.

Steven Bushong of Louisville reluctantly braved a blizzard to take his 13-year-old sons on a birding expedition to the snow-packed shoreline of Dillon Reservoir near Breckenridge. The teenagers were hoping to catch sight of a cackling goose.

Bushong says the enthusiastic twins dashed from the car without snow gear after spotting the sandpiper. The discovery set the state’s birding community aflutter and drew more than 100 bird watchers to the area, hoping for an entry in their list of lifetime sightings.

Purple sandpipers typically spend the winter on the northern Atlantic coast, but they can occasionally be seen inland in December.

Postal carrier saves man’s life


DENVER — A Boulder postal carrier is being recognized for saving an 86-year-old man who was found injured and barefoot outside his home in freezing weather.

U.S. Postal Service carrier Adrian Helwig carried the man back into his home, wrapped him in a blanket and called 911 for help.

Helwig had been delivering a package on Dec. 5 when he heard someone whimpering. The postal carrier spotted the victim sitting in his driveway, propped against a garage door. The man had been looking for his cat when he slipped and fell. He had been dressed inadequately for the 20 degree temperatures and was outside for about two hours. He has since recovered from his injuries.


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