Colorado voters will choose would-be successors to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is limited after two terms, in the June 26 primary election. It's the first primary in which unaffiliated voters, the state's largest voting bloc, can participate in one or the other of the major party primaries, and state ballots were mailed out June 4.Here's a look at the top candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties.
Entrepreneur, CEO of Lead Funding, a specialty real-estate lender. Served one two-year term in the state Legislature a decade ago.
Small-business owner, restaurant and consulting. Mayor of Parker, 1992-96; President of board of directors for Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2004-05; Colorado director of U.S. Small Business Administration, 2008-14.
Chief executive officer of a publicly traded real-estate company on the NASDAQ. State treasurer (last seven years).
Entrepreneur, co-founder of leading corporate-finance adviser. Founder of (nonprofits) SMART Colorado and KidsTek.
Eight years as a public-school teacher and principal, seven years as a state senator for District 33.
Former state treasurer, former chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver, mom.
U.S. Congressman, entrepreneur, and florist. Founder of ProFlowers.com, TechStars, Patriot Boot Camp, American Information Systems, Bluemountain.com.
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