Former US Senator Hank Brown backs Republican Tim Reichert in 7th CD primary | Elections

Former U.S. Senator Hank Brown endorsed Golden Economist Tim Reichert in the Republican primary in Colorado’s 7th congressional district on Wednesday.

Reichert is one of five Republicans vying for the open seat, held for eight terms by U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter, the Arvada Democrat who announced in January that he was not seeking re-election.

“Tim comes to the table with experience suited to our current economic climate and has the tools to bring about change in Washington,” Brown said in a statement released by Reichert’s campaign.

“After hearing Tim talk about his plan to restore America’s middle class, I knew Tim was the right person, at the right time for the job. I’m proud to support Tim in his run for Colorado’s 7th District and I encourage everyone to learn more about his plans for our great nation and join me in supporting Tim.

It’s the first endorsement this cycle for Brown, who served one term in the U.S. Senate from 1991 to 1997 after representing northern Colorado’s 4th congressional district for five terms. After his tenure in Congress, Brown served as president of the University of Northern Colorado, then president and CEO of the Daniels Fund until he became president of the University of Colorado in early 2005, post which he held for three years. A decorated Navy veteran, Brown served in the Colorado Legislature in the 1970s while an executive at Colorado’s Monfort.

Reichert said in a statement that he was humbled and grateful to receive Brown’s support.

“Senator Brown personifies leadership,” Reichert said. “Whether it was volunteering to serve in Vietnam in the U.S. Navy, his selfless service to Congress, or his dedication to our students during his tenure as President of CU, I couldn’t think of a better example. of a Colorado statesman.”

Reichert learned last week that he had submitted enough petition signatures to participate in the June 28 primary ballot. He is the only Republican so far to qualify for the Democratic-leaned 7th CD primary, which covers Jefferson County and six mountain counties extending south from Cañon City.

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen, a Democrat from Lakewood, faces only nominal opposition for her party’s nomination.

Republicans Brad Dempsey, a lawyer, and Carl Anderson, a construction company owner, are waiting to hear if they will qualify for the petition ballot. Former legislative candidate Laurel Imer and former oil and gas executive Erik Aadland are seeking a spot in the GOP District Assembly primary, where they will need the support of at least 30% of the delegates.

Aadland also filed a lawsuit asking a judge to rule that he submitted enough valid signatures on the petitions despite a ruling from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office that he did not.

Jack L. Goldstein