Unite Colorado Expands Recruitment to Uncontested State Legislative Races

Although party deadlines have passed, independents can still get on November ballot; Organization launches statewide marketing campaign to inspire candidates.

Denver, CO – With the window for parties to place candidates on the ballot recently closed, Unite Colorado is expanding its recruitment efforts for independent candidates to the 11 districts that will not be contested by a major party candidate.

“Uncontested elections are hardly elections at all, and we want to ensure all Coloradans have a choice when they vote for state legislature in November,” said Nick Troiano, Executive Director of Unite Colorado. “In many cases, both parties have drawn districts to deliberately discourage competition from the other party, but our polling shows that independent candidates can compete anywhere.”

More than 659,000 registered voters reside in the 11 districts that are currently uncontested. Unite Colorado has already recruited and endorsed a slate of five independent candidates for the Colorado legislature and stands ready to support additional candidates who step forward –– including providing a network of grassroots support, financial resources, and campaign infrastructure.

“Independents outnumber Republicans and Democrats in Colorado and deserve to have a line on the ballot and a voice in the legislature,” said Kathleen Curry, Unite Colorado Steering Committee member and former independent state legislator. “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves to help independents get on the ballot and run competitive campaigns for state legislature.”

As part of its recruitment push, Unite Colorado is launching a statewide marketing campaign to inspire independents to run for office. A billboard put up in Pueblo, Colorado, this week reads: “Independent Thinker, Voter, Candidate. We can help.” Those interested in learning more can fill out a short survey at UniteColorado.org/run.

Independents who have been registered as unaffiliated since 2017 can quality for the general election ballot by collecting and submitting 400 petition signatures from voters in their district to the Secretary of State by July 12.

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Unite Colorado strategically recruits and supports independent candidates for office. For more information, visit www.UniteColorado.org.

Contact: Kyle Butts | 317-440-5188 | kyle@uniteamerica.org