Denver Democrat Dan Himelspach Quits HD6 Vacancy Election, Says He’ll Run For Seat in Primary

Photo of Ernest Luning  Ernest Luning, Colorado Politics Feb 1, 2020

Denver Democrat Dan Himelspach on Saturday withdrew from the state House District 6 vacancy election to replace state Rep. Chris Hanson, D-Denver, who was appointed last month to the state Senate, saying he instead plans to run for the seat in the June primary.

Himelspach, a mediation attorney and professional negotiator, cited concerns that Colorado has the highest number of unelected legislators in the country, a trend he said threatens to “undermine voter participation” in a crucial election year.

A Democratic vacancy committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to pick a replacement for Hanson, who prevailed in an earlier vacancy election to fill the term of former state Sen. Lois Court, D-Denver, following her resignation due to health reasons. …

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