Though the presidential primary has been grabbing headlines this year, Republicans have another primary which will also be important in 2016. Senator Michael Bennett, appointed in 2009 to fill Ken Salazar’s place as Obama’s Secretary of the Interior, will be up for reelection. Eight candidates have currently announced their campaigns for the GOP Senate nomination, and the caucus process will determine which of them make the primary ballot.
More candidates will likely announce their candidacy before the caucus, but the current eight are:
Charlie Ehler is a retired Air Force computer programmer living in Fountain, Colorado. A conservative candidate with rural and military background, he opposes the Trans Pacific Partnership and similar agreements, supports border security, “all of the above” energy, and strongly supports the Second Amendment. His website contains detailed explanations of his positions on many issues, from a Convention of States to Common Core.
Ryan Frazier is a Navy Vet and former Aurora city councilman. His priorities include a balanced budget, increased jobs through a changed tax code and energy independence, criminal justice reform and student loans.
Darryl Glenn is an Air Force vet who has served on both the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso Board of Commissioners. A lawyer, he’s concerned with the rule of law and the Constitution, which means he’s against amnesty, for the Second Amendment, and strongly against Common Core.
Tom Janich served on the Brighton School Board in Adams County, and is a libertarian-leaning candidate who has made numerous appearances on the campaign stage in recent years. He’s highly concerned with economic issues, like a balanced budget.
Michael Kinlaw doesn’t have a political background, but his political accounts on social media have nearly half a million followers. He takes a very conservative approach to politics and today’s issues, including the Second Amendment, a restructuring and reduction of foreign aid, and the Keystone Pipeline.
Greg Lopez is a Jefferson County Commissioner and former director of the Small Business Administration.
Tim Neville is known as one of Colorado’s more conservative state senators. On his website, he discusses plans to cut taxes for everyone, cut government spending, protect the Second Amendment and enhance Colorado’s sovereignty in the face of Federal bureaucracies like the EPA.
Donald Rosier has served in a number of capacities on the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners. He also represents Jefferson County on the national level at the National Association of Counties and National Conference of Republican County Officials.
Though Representative Mike Coffman was expected to be the Republican nominee, he announced that he had no intentions of running. It will be interesting to see where this goes, but the primary already showcases the vast diversity of the Republican Party.