Democratic State Senate Leader Considers Fun For Governor

Breckenridge (AP) Democratic State Senator Joan Fitz-gerald says she's "very seriously" considering a run for the state's top job in 2006. The Golden lawmaker is one of only two women across the country who serve as president of a state senate.

Fitz-gerald acknowledged Tuesday in Summit County that a run
for governor would be expensive and physically draining. She says women have to be more decisive, more committed and more driven than men. Incumbent Republican Governor Bill Owens is barred from running again because of term limits.

Fitz-gerald became Senate President after Democrats won control
of both houses of the legislature for the first time in four
decades, last November. She was first elected in 2000 after having served as Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder.

Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter, and think tank
founder Rutt Bridges, have both indicated they'll run for the
Democratic nod for governor. Other potential Democratic candidates include former Lieutenant Governor Gail Schoettler and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar.

U.D. Representative Bob Beauprez and former University of Denver President Marc Holtzman have said they want to
run for the G.O.P nomination.

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