Bob Beauprez successfully petitioned his way onto the Republican gubernatorial primary ballot having submitted the required number of signatures from voters in Colorado’s seven congressional districts.
The former congressman was forced to act quickly and collect the 10,500 needed signatures by the March 31 deadline, after announcing his intention March 3 to seek the Republican nomination.
The campaign turned in 23,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office, but nearly 10,800 were rejected as invalid, according to a statement Wednesday from Suzanne Staiert, deputy secretary of state. Of the total, more than 12,200 were certified as valid.
“I am humbled by the continued loyalty and outpouring of support from the thousands of Coloradans who encouraged me to become their next governor,” Beauprez said.
“I agree with them that our state is lacking a strong decisive leader and I look forward to representing their voices after November,” Beauprez said.
Candidates petitioning their way onto the primary ballot are required to gather 1,500 valid signatures from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts to total 10,500.
Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo also petitioned onto the ballot with more than 13,000 valid signatures, after initially submitting more than 16,600 signatures.
Also on the June 24 ballot for the GOP nomination are Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former state Sen. Mike Kopp, who were nominated Saturday at the party’s state assembly.
The Republican nominee will challenge Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper.