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Governor Udall in 2006?

JANE STEBBINSsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, who represents Summit County in the Second Congressional District, has not yet decided whether he will run for governor after Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton recently announced she won’t be running for the seat.”It’s been no secret that he’s been talking with many people throughout the state about a potential run for governor, but he has not made his decision public,” said Lawrence Pacheco, Udall’s press secretary. “He expects to make a decision in the near future.”Others who are rumored to be interested in the seat, which is open in 2006, include Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Bighorn Center think tank founder Rutt Bridges, former Lt. Gov. Gail Schoettler, Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter.On the Republican side of the ticket, state treasurer Mike Coffman, Rep. Bob Beauprez, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., and University of Denver president Marc Holtzman.When asked why Udall would be interested in the state position, Pacheco noted that governors have a tremendous amount of influence on federal legislation.”This gives him the opportunity to serve the state in a larger capacity,” he said. “He’ll make his decision based on what is best for the state, his family and where he can make the greatest contribution.”He said Norton’s decision to not run won’t play into Udall’s decision.Allard said he was “very disappointed” in Norton’s decision not to run for the gubernatorial seat.”She has been an outstanding lieutenant governor – balanced, fair, well informed and determined to do her best for the state of Colorado,” he said. “Jane would have been a formidable candidate. She is eminently qualified for the position of governor.”

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