21 presidential contenders and counting: Colorado candidate list released

By: - August 7, 2020 6:29 pm

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For people wondering which candidates for public office could appear on Colorado’s general election ballot, the secretary of state’s office released a helpful tool Aug. 7.

The new webpage — featuring a list of people who’ve filed candidacy paperwork — will be updated periodically leading up to Sept. 4, the day the ballot is finalized, as the office finishes processing paperwork for unaffiliated candidates and when candidates withdraw.

As of Aug. 7, 21 candidates for president from minor parties and who are unaffiliated were listed on the webpage. Some of those candidates have not yet officially qualified, as the office is still processing paperwork for some unaffiliated candidates. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden aren’t on the list — they will be added sometime after they formally accept the Republican and Democratic nominations, respectively, at the major party conventions near the end of August.

Rapper Kanye West has qualified for the Colorado ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, along with running mate Michelle Tidball, a spiritual coach from Wyoming. Colorado Public Radio reported that West’s campaign paid Rachel George, a GOP strategist who worked for Republican Sen. Cory Gardner when he was in the U.S. House, to find the Colorado electors needed to qualify West for the ballot.

Down-ballot races listed on the webpage include the Democrats and Republicans who qualified through the state’s non-presidential primary election in June. The U.S. Senate race — Colorado’s highest-profile race this year — features Democratic former Gov. John Hickenlooper and incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. Libertarian candidate Raymon Anthony Doane will also appear on the ballot.

Independent online newsletter Cook Political Report considers Congressional District 3, which encompasses parts of western and southern Colorado, to be the state’s most competitive U.S. House race — though it still predicts a “likely” win for Republican Lauren Boebert, who ousted incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton in the primary. She’ll face Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush.

Voters in congressional districts 1, 3 and 7 will also elect a Colorado Board of Education member, and those in districts 2, 6 and 7 will vote on representatives to the University of Colorado Board of Regents. (No Republican is running against Democratic Board of Regents candidate Nolbert Chavez for District 7.)

Many district attorneys throughout the state will run unopposed this year. Out of 22 judicial districts, only seven districts — 1, 2, 8, 11, 16, 17 and 18 — have contested attorney seats.

All House seats in the Colorado Legislature will be on the ballot this fall, along with some state Senate seats. Colorado residents can visit to determine which state House and Senate districts they live in.

Coloradans can update and verify voter registration or register to vote online at

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Faith Miller
Faith Miller

Faith Miller was a reporter with Colorado Newsline covering the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories.