With support of 61.65 percent of the Colorado Democratic Party State Assembly, Cary Kennedy secured top line on the June 26 Democratic primary ballot. Kennedy's statewide support and strong momentum grew her lead from the 50 percent support coming out of precinct caucus. With this victory, Kennedy is in a strong position to win the primary in June and to win the general election in November.
"Thank you to all of the Democrats in Colorado who gave up their Saturday to participate in this important, grassroots process," said Kennedy. "I am so grateful to the delegates who supported me today and throughout the caucus process. This grassroots momentum is going to take me to victory in June and November."
Jared Polis received 32.86 percent of the votes, providing another choice for governor for the state's Democrats.
Also qualifying for the primary were Lesley Smith, CU regent at large; Dave Young and Bernard Douthit, treasurer; Jena Griswold, secretary of state; and Phil Weiser and Joe Salazar, attorney general.
Other candidates have chosen to qualify for the ballot by submitting petition signatures instead of going through the caucus-assembly process.
Mary Hockenbery, one of several delegates from Delta County, noted it's quite a trek to travel to the state assemblies on the Front Range, but said it was worth the effort to witness democracy in action, meet with Democrats from all over Colorado, and learn more about how to be involved.
"I am a lifelong Democrat," she said. "I believe that my party shares my values of addressing climate change/global warming, universal health care, investing in public education, safeguarding women's reproductive rights, and being the party of inclusion. Democracy is a fragile thing -- I believe in being active and showing up to keep it strong."