State house candidate David Balmer admits padding resume |

State house candidate David Balmer admits padding resume

LITTLETON ” A candidate for the Colorado Legislature lied on his resume when he was running for Congress in North Carolina a decade ago, saying it was “a mistake I made many years ago.”

David Balmer, 42, a Republican running for the state House, said Tuesday that many people knew of the incident, including his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 2 election, Mollie Cullom.

Democrats said Balmer hid his past from voters and should withdraw.

“It seems like he’s gone to great lengths to hide his past,” said state Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder, who heads her party’s campaign efforts for the House.

Balmer said he didn’t cite his past elected office experience in his campaign literature because he was following a standard set by his company, which updates resumes to delete older work history.

Two prominent state Republicans, former Sen. Bill Armstrong and Gov. Bill Owens, said they still support Balmer.

Balmer was 26 when he was elected to the state Legislature from Charlotte, N.C., in 1988. He lost a congressional primary in 1994 after challenges to his resume, including claims that he had graduated at the top of his class at the Wake Forest law school, clerked for a state Supreme Court justice and played varsity soccer in college.

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