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*Editor's note: This story has been updated to include news of Sen. Andy Kerr dropping out of the race*
Voters have yet another change to consider on the November 2018 ballot for Colorado's 7th Congressional District.
Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada, announced on Aug. 21 his decision to run for re-election to keep his House seat representing Colorado's 7th Congressional District. The district covers much of Jefferson County, including Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Arvada, as well as much of Westminster, Thornton and Northglenn.
Perlmutter was first elected to Congress in 2006.
The decision follows an announcement on July 11 during which Perlmutter informed voters he would no longer run for governor in the November 2018 election to replace term-limited John Hickenlooper. He also announced he would be leaving politics at that time, mentioning there were three “good” Democratic candidates vying for his congressional house seat.
Within hours of Perlmutter's announcement, two of those Democrats —Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City and Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood — announced they would be dropping out of the CD7 race.
"While I'm disappointed I will not have the opportunity to serve our community in Congress, I know that the people of the 7th district will continue to be well represented by Ed Perlmutter,” Pettersen said in a media statement. “I am so proud and humbled by the support of the people across Colorado who believed in me and stepped up to contribute, volunteer and support my campaign.”
State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, released a statement the following day, also dropping out of the race and asking his supporters to turn their efforts to Perlmutter's campaign.
Requests for additional comment from Perlmutter were not responded to, as of Tuesday.
Currently, only Dan Baer, the former ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is registered as an opponent in the CD7 race.
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