Being a woman makes decision for governor bid more difficult |

Being a woman makes decision for governor bid more difficult

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Joan Fitz-Gerald, one of only two women in the nation who serve as president of a state senate, publicly reflected Tuesday on whether she will run for governor of Colorado next year.

Fitz-Gerald represents Summit County and was elected president of the Colorado Senate in January.

As she told a small group of chamber members that she is weighing a bid for the governor’s seat “very seriously,” her cell phone rang with a call from the dog sitter.

“I have to consider what I’m willing to set aside,” she said, laughing and turning off her phone.

Fitz-Gerald said she recognized that a race for governor would be high-profile, draining and made more difficult because of her gender.

“Women have to meet a higher standard,” she said during a meeting of the Summit County Chamber’s legislative affairs council. “It’s a different world for women in politics because you have to be more decisive than a man, more committed, and you have to be more driven.”

A campaign would cost millions, but Fitz-Gerald said she has the stamina to meet the challenge if she thinks she can win.

“I’m not kidding myself about how big this race would be,” she said. Four other Democrats are reportedly considered potential candidates for the November, 2006 race. “I am more cautious than the four males right now because I want to see the person run who can win.”

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