Davidson makes second bid for CU Board of Regents
Six years ago, Brian Davidson lost a bid for the University of Colorado Board of Regents by the narrowest of margins.
That’s why the Denver Republican was in Grand Junction on Tuesday to campaign for the same at-large seat.
“It was a five-way race,” Davidson said of his 2006 bid for the board. “I got 44.26 percent of the vote and the Democrat got 44.66 percent. That’s a 0.4 percent difference.”
If Davidson wins the GOP nomination in the upcoming June 26 primary, the race may not be much different for the CU grad than it was back then.
He would face two of the same candidates: Democrat Stephen Ludwig, the man he lost the race to, and Libertarian Daniel “Jeffersonian” Ong of Boulder, who this year is going by the name Daniel “Newjeffersonian” Ong.
American Constitution Party candidate Brian Scott of Colorado Springs also is in the running, making it a four-way race.
Davidson’s plan to be just a little bit better this year depends on whether he can defeat his GOP challenger, Matt Arnold, in what has ended up being the only statewide primary election this year.
Arnold made a name for himself in 2010 with his Clear The Bench campaign, an effort to unseat what he believes are liberal members of the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals.
Last week, Arnold got into hot water with his own party after his campaign sent out anonymous emails to supporters that made it appear the Colorado Republican Party was endorsing his candidacy over Davidson, whom he repeatedly refers to as “that other guy.”
Arnold later apologized to the party, but the to-do left Davidson wondering why a fellow Republican would engage in such negative campaigning for a seat that generally isn’t political.
“That’s just Arnold,” Davidson said. “I don’t have a campaign strategy to deal with unethical behavior.”
Instead, Davidson said he’s just trying to stay busy getting his name out and telling people what he would do as regent, chief of which is to focus on ways to keep tuition as inexpensive as possible.
“Since 2006, we’ve had a significant uptick in tuition and fees to the point where they’re two to four times more than the cost of living,” said Davidson, whose earned doctor of medicine and master’s in business administration degrees from CU. “It’s unsustainable for families and students.”