Cory Gardner endorses GOP congressional candidate Erik Aadland

By: - September 20, 2022 2:09 pm

Erik Aadland is running for Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. (Courtesy of Erik Aadland for Congress)

Republican congressional candidate Erik Aadland received an endorsement Monday from former U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who called Aadland a “man of principle” who can “bridge the divides and fight for our values.”

Aadland, an Army veteran and first-time candidate, is running against state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, a Lakewood Democrat, to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who has represented the district since 2007, is not seeking reelection.


“The people of Colorado deserve a battle-tested leader who will listen and fight for them. That’s why I’ve endorsed Erik Aadland for Congress. Erik is a man of principle who has lived by a core set of values his whole life,” Gardner said in a statement.

Gardner, a Republican from Yuma, served in the Senate from 2015 to 2021. He lost his bid for a second term to current Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper.

On Tuesday, Aadland also received an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business advocacy organization.

Pettersen has received endorsements from the four Colorado Democrats in the House of Representatives.


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Sara Wilson
Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson covers state government, Colorado's congressional delegation, energy and other stories for Newsline. She formerly was a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain, where she covered politics and government in southern Colorado. Wilson earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and as a student she reported on Congress and other federal beats in Washington, D.C.