#COpolitics House hot seats: The open seats

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Of the 65 state house seats up for election in the June primaries and November general election, 14 are open seats.

Five are open due to term limits for House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Reps. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, Dave Young, D-Greeley, and Millie Hamner, D-Dillon. Lee is running for a state Senate seat and Young is running for state treasurer.

Rep. Yeulin Willett, R-Grand Junction, announced this week that he’s leaving his seat. GOP Reps. Justin Everett, of Littleton, and Polly Lawrence, of Roxborough Park, and Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, are running for state treasurer, and Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, is running for attorney general.

Other incumbents are seeking to step up to the state Senate:

  • Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster.
  • Rep. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument.
  • Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge.
  • Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood.

Here’s a look at active voter registration in these districts. Three are solid Republican, two are solid Democratic, one leans Republican and the other eight are pretty purple.

So what are the hot open House seats? There’s a lot of primary action. Here’s a look.

Primary hot

House District 4: Five Democrats are seeking to win Pabon’s Denver district.

House District 5:  Six Democrats desire Duran’s seat.

House District 22: Republicans Frank Francone and Colin Larson want to replace Everett in this GOP-leaning Jefferson County district.

House District 24: Dems Monica Duran and Kris Teegardin are competing to replace Danielson.

House District 28: Three Democrats are competing to face an unaffiliated candidate for Pettersen’s JeffCo seat.

House District 34: Dems Kyle Mullica and Jacque Phillips seek to replace Lebsock.

House District 35: Dems Shannon Bird and Lewis Richardson want to replace Winter.

House District 50: Two Democrats are competing to face a Libertarian candidate for Young’s Greeley Seat.

Hot, hot, hot

House District 18: This contest features three Democrats, two Republicans and an unaffiliated candidate backed by Unite Colorado. It’s a real race to replace Lee.

House District 31: A D, an R and a Unite-endorsed unaffiliated want to replace Salazar.

Too soon to tell?

House District 61: Democrat Julie McCluskie, of Dillon, is thus far the only candidate for Hamner’s purple district.


House District 19: Republican Tim Geitner thus far has no competition for Lundeen’s safe GOP seat.

House District 39: Same for Republican Mark Baisley in Lawrence’s seat.

House District 54:  Willett has endorsed Republican Matt Soper as his successor.

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