Kennedy tosses hat for HD 23 (Colorado Statesman)

Excerpted from Wayposts by the Colorado Statesman (April 10, 2015)

Former Jefferson County Democratic chair Chris Kennedy announced last week that he’s running for the House District 23 seat that will be left open next year when state Rep. Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, faces term limits.

Kennedy, who ran U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s campaign in the last election, has worked at the Capitol for Tyler and for state Reps. Millie Hamner, Jeanne Labuda, Matt Jones and for Mark Ferrandino when the Denver Democrat was speaker. He worked as a structural engineer before turning his attention to politics and government.

“I’m running for the Colorado House of Representatives because I want everybody to have the kinds of opportunities I’ve had — to work hard and pursue their dreams, whatever they may be,” Kennedy said in a statement announcing his candidacy, adding that he “would be honored to keep working hard to preserve and grow the middle class and our beautiful state for the next generation of Coloradans.”

The Lakewood-based seat leans Democratic. Tyler won his last election over Republican nominee Jane Barnes by 10 points and defeated Republican challenger Rick Enstrom in 2012 by 7 points.

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