McInnis Will Listen To Gubernatorial Talk, Says It Doesn't Mean He'll Run

The 2006 election is more than a year away and two more candidates may be entering an increasingly crowded race for Governor of Colorado. A group has been talking with retired Western Slope Congressman Scott McInnis of Grand Junction about running for the office.

In a very short telephone conversation with 11 News Thursday McInnis said, "I finally told the group, okay, I will listen, but that doesn't mean I'll enter the race.”

Also thinking about entering the race is Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez. A staffer for the Denver–area U.S. Representative has registered a "Beauprez for Governor" web site on the internet, but Beauprez says that does not mean he will make a run for governor.

Others indicating an interest in the campaign include current State Treasurer Mike Coffman and University of Denver President Mark Holtzman, both Republicans. Also believed to be considering are Democrats, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, businessman Rutt Bridges, and former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter.
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