Fitz-Gerald Says She Will Not Run For Governor

Denver (AP) Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald says she won't seek the Democratic nomination for governor next year, because she can better serve Colorado residents in her current role. The Golden lawmaker says she wants to focus on Referenda C and D, and warns that legislators will have a busy schedule whether the measures pass or not.

Fitz-Gerald issued a statement, thanking supporters who've
encouraged her to run, but saying it's critical to apply herself to the job at hand.

Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter has announced he plans to run for governor.

There's been no comment yet about Fitz-Gerald's decision.

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