Former State Senator Ed Perlmutter and current State Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald, both of Golden, have decided not to run for the Democratic nomination to challenge Bob Beauprez in the 7th CD, and yesterday, businessman John Works announced that he will drop out due to family health concerns. These announcements clear the field for Jefferson County District Attorney Dave Thomas.
To me Perlmutter was a better candidate than Thomas, but we will have to make do with what we have. I do think being from Jefferson County, where Beauprez did best in 2002, will help (although Mike Feeley is from Jeffco too.) Dem Party Chair Chris Gates seems confident that Thomas will get tons of support in what is billed as one of the most targeted races of the year by the Democratic Party, and he is happy there will be no primary battle. Looks like we will find out whether that really is a plus.