GOP Candidate George Rivera Qualifies For Pueblo Recall Race

DENVER (AP) – Former Pueblo police officer George Rivera has made the ballot to challenge a Colorado state senator in a recall over new gun restrictions.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office said Tuesday that Rivera submitted 1,462 valid signatures to get on the ballot. He needed 1,000 signatures to qualify.

He’s a Republican hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Angela Giron over her support for gun legislation that expands background checks and limits the size of ammunition magazines. Democratic Senate President John Morse is also facing a recall. His Republican opponent, Bernie Herpin, has also submitted signatures and they’re in the process of being verified.

Rivera retired in 2005 as deputy chief of the Pueblo Police Department. He’s never run for office.

The election is Sept. 10.

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