Democrats open field offices in Aurora, Denver on primary election night

June 28, 2022

In a move billed as a “sign of strength” ahead of general election season, Colorado Democrats took time on primary election night to celebrate the opening of two Democratic Party field offices in Denver and Aurora.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett, Gov. Jared Polis, Attorney General Phil Weiser and Aurora Rep. Jason Crow — all of whom are re-elected this fall — were scheduled to speak at Tuesday night events at both offices. None of these candidates face primary opponents, but all will have Republican opponents in November.

“I think if we work incredibly hard and do the job that you all know we can do…we just might save this democracy,” Bennet told the crowd of a few dozen supporters. He spoke of the need to improve economic equality, pursue ‘real climate policy’ and fix the immigration system to stop American farms and ranches from ‘moving south’ in search of more people to employ.

State Republicans voted in contested primaries for the US Senate and gubernatorial race. In the general election, Bennet will face construction manager Joe O’Dea. The Republican gubernatorial primary saw Heidi Ganahl, regent of the University of Colorado, defeat former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez.

U.S. Representative Jason Crow of Aurora speaks at an event to celebrate the opening of the Colorado Democrats’ Aurora local office on June 28, 2022. (Faith Miller/Colorado Newsline)

Republicans do not have contested primaries in the races for attorney general or the 6th congressional district. Weiser will face 18th Judicial District Attorney John Kellner, and Crow will fight to retain his 6th District seat from former Republican Naval Aviator Steven Monahan. The GOP is banking on record gas prices, runaway inflation and an unpopular president to oust Colorado Democrats midterm.

“Democrats have proven throughout this primary that they are scared,” Colorado GOP Kristi Burton Brown said in a written statement Tuesday. “They are afraid because their candidates have failed. They are a rubber stamp on the Biden agenda of record gas prices and costly inflation.

Crow urged Democrats to do everything in their power to maintain their majority.

“We don’t have the luxury of giving up hope,” he said. “They’re coming for us.”

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Denise W. Whigham