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Democrat Cary Kennedy wins endorsement from Blue Rising Colorado in governor’s race

Author: Ernest Luning - February 25, 2018 - Updated: February 25, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy, a former Colorado state treasurer, talks with voters after participating in a forum sponsored by DemEnterCO and other organizations on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at the Wheat Ridge Grange in Wheat Ridge. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Democrat Cary Kennedy has won the endorsement of Blue Rising Colorado in the crowded gubernatorial race, the committee’s founders announced this week.

“Blue Rising Colorado believes Cary Kennedy is the right choice for Colorado,” said Annette Moore, a founder of Blue Rising, in a statement. “Cary’s commitment to education and affordable healthcare, as well as her support for common sense gun safety measures that will keep our children and communities safe are what we need in a governor. She will work tirelessly for all Coloradans, which is why we are excited to endorse her for governor.”

Kennedy, a former state treasurer and Denver’s former chief financial officer, is one of five leading Democrats running to replace term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper. The others are U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, former state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, and manufacturing CEO and civic leader Noel Ginsburg. Nine Republicans are also running for the office.

Moore and co-founder Dawn Reinfeld established Blue Rising Colorado, a small donor committee, and the Blue Rising federal PAC after the 2016 election to back state and federal candidates, respectively, who support gun violence prevention, protecting women’s reproductive rights and what they term core Democratic values, including education, affordable health care, the environment and immigrant rights.

The federal PAC has endorsed Colorado congressional candidates Chase Kohne, Joe Neguse, Jason Crow and Stephany Rose Spaulding, who are all running in Democratic primaries. It’s also endorsed incumbent Democratic U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, as well as Randy Bryce, the Wisconsin Democrat challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.