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Lynne “Actively Exploring” Governor Bid, Files to Fundraise

Jared Polis hired his senior staff.

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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 1, 2017, 10:20 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne (D) said “she would file the necessary paperwork Tuesday to campaign and raise money even though she still hasn’t committed 100 percent toward pursuing Colorado’s top job. … She added that she would make a final decision before the first week of September.”

Lynne: “I am actively exploring a bid. I want to make sure that I have everything in order. … A lot of people urge candidates to run. But you really want to make sure that you can solidify that — that they will be endorsers, that they will be financial supporters and that’s a process.” (Denver Post)

THEY WENT TO JARED. Rep. Jared Polis (D) has named Jenn Ridder as his campaign manager. His chief of staff, Lisa Kaufmann, will chair the campaign.

“Ridder, a Colorado native, previously worked with Democratic congressional campaigns across Colorado as the Mountain West political director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC. Ridder also served as the political director for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Colorado and served as deputy campaign manager for former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who lost re-election in 2014.

“Kaufmann … has previously worked in several positions on Polis’ staff during her 10-year tenure with the congressman. She served as a personal assistant, campaign manager, and chief of staff.” (Colorado Politics)

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