As the election day rapidly approach, now’s the time to get smart on what to expect when you look at your 2018 ballots. First thing’s first though, let’s talk about voter registration and ballot procedures.
Are you registered to vote?
If you know you aren’t registered to vote, you can do so online and receive a mailed ballot until October 29. You can still register up to election day on November 6, but you will have to vote in-person.
If you aren’t sure, or have changed addresses since the last election, visit the Colorado Secretary of State website to check your status. You can change your address directly from your summary page.
How are ballots distributed and returned?
Every registered voter will receive their ballot in the mail, which will start being distributed on October 15. You can mail it back (use two stamps!) or drop it off in person at approved locations (which vary county to county). Remember that ballots must be received by November 6, so think ahead if mailing your ballot.
You can always vote in-person as well, even if you get your ballot is mailed to you. Check your city or county websites for polling locations and days/hours of operation. Locations are typically open for 7 days before election day itself.
Guide to Key 2018 Races in Colorado
AIA Colorado does not endorse candidates as an organization. ARCpac and ARCsdc typically make monetary contributions only to candidates running the Colorado state legislature.
Here we’ll list Democratic and Republican candidates in every statewide race, every congressional district race, and select races in the state legislature where candidates have received contributions. Most-recent elected offices are listed where applicable. Full details can be found at each candidate’s websites, linked below.
If you’re looking for detailed, non-partisan information on any race in the state, Ballotpedia.org/Colorado is recommended.
Statewide Races, (Four-year term, Two-term limit)
The Governor’s race is always high-profile but learning about the other races is worth your time as well. The Secretary of State’s primary responsibility is managing an ensuring fair elections and voter registration. The Treasurer position is more administrative in nature, but also includes managing investments in addition to our state treasury. The Attorney General often finds themself representing the state when there are disagreements with Federal policies.
With Governor John Hickenlooper (D) termed out, there’s no incumbent running in 2018.
- Republican: Walker Stapleton, Colorado Treasurer (2011-current)
- Running Mate: Lang Sias, State Representative; HD27 (2015-current)
- Democrat: Jared Polis, US Representative; CD02 (2009-current)
- Running Mate: Dianne Primavera, State Representative; HD33 (2013-2017)
Current Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) chose to pursue the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018 instead of running for re-election.
- Democrat: Phil Weiser, first-time candidate
- Republican: George Brauchler, Arapahoe County District Attorney
Secretary of State
Current Secretary of State Wayne Williams (R) is running for re-election this year.
- Republican (incumbent): Wayne Williams, Colorado Secretary of State (2015-current)
- Democrat: Jena Griswold, first-time candidate
Current Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R) is the Republican candidate for Governor in 2018, so there is no incumbent in this race.
- Democrat: Dave Young, State Representative; HD50 (2011-current)
- Republican: Brian Watson, first-time candidate
Colorado State Legislature (House: 2-year terms, Senate: four-year terms, eight-year term limit)
ARCpac and ARCsdc are supporting the following candidates in house and senate races across the state:
Boulder Metro Area
Edie Hooton (D-Boulder) HD10
KC Becker (D-Boulder) HD13
Colorado Springs Metro Area
Lois Landgraf (R-Colorado Springs) HD21
Paul Lundeen (R-Monument) SD09
Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) SD11
Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs) HD20
Denver Central Metro Area
James Coleman (D-Denver) HD7
Alex Valdez (D-Denver) HD05
Denver East Metro Area
Cole Wist (R-Arapahoe County) HD37
Dafna Michaelson Jenet, (D-Adams County) HD30
Denver North Metro Area
Faith Winter (D-Westminster) SD24
Kyle Mullica (D-Northglenn) HD34
Shannon Bird (D-Westminster) HD35
Tracy Kraft Tharpe (D-Arvada) HD29
Yadira Caraveo (D-Thornton) HD31
Denver South Metro Area
Chris Holbert (R-Parker) SD30
Kevin Van Winkle (R-Highlands Ranch) HD43
Denver West Metro Area
Brittany Petterson (D-Lakewood) SD28
Kerry Tipper (D-Lakewood) HD28
Lang Sias (R-Arvada) HD 27
Julie McCluskie (D-Dillon) HD61
Dylan Roberts (D-Eagle) HD26
Jeni Arndt (D-Fort Collins) HD53
John Cooke (R-Greeley) SD13
Brianna Buentello (D-Pueblo) HD47
Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) SD03
Barbara McLachlan (D-Durango) HD59
Janice Rich (R-Grand Junction) HD55
Matt Soper (R-Delta) HD54
State Board of Education (six-year term, two-term limit)
This board provides general oversight of K-12 public schools, with one board member per state congressional district (7 total members).
State Board of Education, Congressional District 2
- Democrat (incumbent): Angelika Schroeder, State Board of Education (2011-present)
- Republican: Johnny Barrett, first-time candidate
State Board of Education, Congressional District 4
- Republican: Debora Scheffel, State Board of Education (2011-2016, 2018)
- Note: Appointed by vacancy committee in February 2018 for retiring member
- Democrat: Tim Krug, first-time candidate
State Board of Regents (six-year term, two-term limit)
This board provides general oversight of University of Colorado system, with one board member per state congressional district and two at-large members (9 total members).
State Board of Regents, At Large
- Democrat: Lesley Smith, local district Board of Education (2006-2013)
- Republican: Ken Montera, first-time candidate
State Board of Regents, Congressional District 3
- Republican (incumbent): Glen Gallegos, State Board of Regents (2011-present)
- Democrat: Alvin Rivera, first-time candidate
State Board of Regents, Congressional District 5
US House of Representative Races (two-year term, no term limits)
Members of the House of Representatives are elected every two years. Incumbents are running in six of our seven districts, with Jared Polis running for Governor instead of for re-election in CD02.
US House, Congressional District 1
- Democrat (incumbent): Dianna DeGette, (1997-current)
- Republican: Casper Stockham, first-time candidate
US House, Congressional District 2
US House, Congressional District 3
- Republican (incumbent): Scott Tipton, (2011-present)
- Democrat: Diane Mitsch Bush, State Representative (2013-2017)
US House, Congressional District 4
US House, Congressional District 5
- Republican (incumbent): Doug Lamborn, (2007-current)
- Democrat: Stephany Rose Spauldingc, first-time candidate
US House, Congressional District 6
US House, Congressional District 7