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Competition In The New 6th CD Should Be Interesting

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The new Colorado Congressional districts map (credit: CBS)

The new Colorado Congressional districts map (credit: CBS)

Written by Dominic Dezzutti

The newly drawn Colorado Congressional district maps that were upheld this week by the Colorado Supreme Court have been hailed for creating three very competitive districts.

The most competitive district is setting up to be the 6th Congressional District, currently represented by Rep. Mike Coffman.

Democratic State Rep. Joe Miklosi, who hopes to capitalize on the newly drawn lines, may find out that the competiveness of the district goes both ways.

Miklosi dodged a major bullet this week when his former boss, Former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, announced that he will not run for the seat and then endorsed Miklosi’s bid.

Even though Romanoff was one of the biggest names to surface as potential Democratic competition, he is likely not the last one to consider a bid, despite Miklosi’s announcement.

Rep. Joe Miklosi is considered a decent candidate, but he’s not considered to be a huge name, and maybe not the strongest opponent that Democrats can send against a seasoned incumbent like Mike Coffman.

While Coffman currently represents a much more conservative district, he has won two statewide elections, so he has proved he can handle a balanced electorate.

The question remains if Democrats will send a bigger name to compete with Miklosi for the right to run against Coffman in the fall of 2012. If the Democrats are going to act, they will need to act soon, but there is certainly still time, especially for a big name.

The Democratic party may not even be the ones to decide that Miklosi should get a primary because the new shape of the district includes the entire city of Aurora. I could certainly imagine that a popular politician in Aurora could give Miklosi a run for his money, and potentially a good fight for Coffman.

Fortunately for Miklosi, Aurora’s former mayor Ed Tauer is a registered Republican. But while Tauer won’t be running against Miklosi in a primary anytime soon, Tauer is evidence that a Republican can do well in Aurora.

While the concept of competitive districts is listed nowhere in the state constitution when it comes to qualities of Congressional districts, it seems to be the flavor of the week when it comes to new maps recently.

That competitiveness may be a quality that Democrats enjoy right now, but like the old saying goes “be careful what you ask for, you might just get it.” And in the 6th CD, Rep. Joe Miklosi may get what Democrats have asked for in spades.

About The Blogger

- Dominic Dezzutti, producer of the Colorado Decides debate series, a co-production of CBS4 and Colorado Public Television, looks at the local and national political scene in his CBSDenver.com blog. Read new entries here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dezzutti writes about federal, state and local matters and how our elected leaders are handling the issues important to Colorado. Dezzutti also produces the Emmy winning Colorado Inside Out, hosted by Raj Chohan, on Colorado Public Television.

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