Kids Voting, Dec. 7, 2009

As the end of Sen. Michael Bennet’s first term nears, several candidates will be vying for the open position.

In 2010, Colorado voters will elect one of the only 100 U.S.  senators in this important race with national implications.

Bennet was appointed earlier this year by Gov. Bill Ritter to fill Ken Salazar’s vacant seat after he was appointed secretary of the interior by President Barack Obama.

According to the Federal Election Commission, a candidate’s campaign begins with raising contributions in excess of $5,000. After that, a statement of candidacy must be filed within 15 days. The statement authorizes candidates to form principal campaign committees, which raise funds.

After filing the statement, candidates must then submit a statement of organization, which requires all committees to report receipts and disbursements.

The Democratic candidates are Bennet and former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff.

The candidates will, if both stay in the race, compete in a state primary where one Democratic candidate will be chosen.

A state primary also may be held for the Republicans, because several Republican candidates are in the running. These candidates are former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and businessmen Tom Wiens and Cleve Tidwell.

While there are numerous issues to debate, the key issue is the health care bill.

Bennet fully supports the new health care bill, which he helped create with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Norton, with extensive experience in health care, urges a broader industry promoting more competition.

Although there appears to be two frontrunners at this time, a long race awaits the candidates for this important seat that could affect the long-term balance of the U.S. Congress.


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