Wednesday, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff officially announced that he will challenge U.S. Senator Michael Bennet for his seat.
The Front Range Democrat kicked off his campaign in Pueblo, where he told a crowd of about 80 that a U.S. Senator should be elected, not chosen.
Bennet was appointed to the Senate by Governor Ritter as a replacement for Ken Salazar, who was selected to be the Secretary of the Interior.
Just hours after Romanoff's announcement, State Treasurer Cary Kennedy officially endorsed him. In a statement she wrote:
"Andrew and I have worked side by side for fifteen years on issues that matter to Colorado. We have worked together to expand mental health services in Colorado's neediest communities, to secure bipartisan support for a successful balanced-budget agreement (Ref C.), to open doors for children to have low-cost health insurance, and to repair and replace aging school buildings throughout Colorado. Andrew is a tireless advocate for the people of Colorado and an extraordinarily effective legislator. I have watched him move mountains to promote fairness, justice, equality, and opportunities for all, and I know he will do the same in Washington."
Political analysts have maintained Bennet's appointment caught many within the Democratic Party off-guard and left many of them upset.
Bennet and Romanoff will face off in the Democratic Primary next year.