BY FREDA MIKLIN
After serving 16 years representing Colorado’s seventh congressional district, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter announced on January 10 that he would not run for re-election for a ninth term this November. Just two months ago, he had announced he would be a candidate for re-election.
Perlmutter’s statement said, “I’ve never shied away from a challenge but it’s time for me to move on and explore other opportunities. There comes a time when you pass the torch to the next generation of leaders. I am deeply gratified that our bench in the 7th District is deep and fortunately we have a strong group of leaders who are ready and able to take up that torch.”
The map of the seventh congressional district was changed by the independent redistricting commission last year to include areas south and west of its previous boundaries. It is now comprised of parts of Jefferson, Park, Lake, Chaffee, Teller, Custer and Fremont Counties. Perlmutter was still considered to be favored for re-election but by a smaller margin than he has enjoyed throughout his years in the Congress.
Three Republicans so far have expressed interest in running for CD7. They are Erik Aadland, Kyle Faust, and Laurel Imer. No Democrats have yet been announced as candidates for the position.
Republican leaders, locally and nationally, said in response to Perlmutter’s announcement that he was leaving because he didn’t believe he could win re-election.