Republican Mike Kopp will join GOP gubernatorial field

Former state Sen. Mike Kopp narrowly won the top line on the June GOP primary ballot in the fight for the chance to challenge Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper this fall.

Former state Sen. Mike Kopp narrowly won the top line on the June GOP primary ballot in the fight for the chance to challenge Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper this fall.

DENVER — Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp filed papers Tuesday to join the growing field of Republican candidates vying to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper next year.

Kopp said he’s planning a formal announcement “in the coming days.”

The move, first reported by the Denver Post Tuesday, comes as no surprise; FOX31 Denver reported last week that Kopp was all but certain to run in a story also reporting Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, tasked with prosecuting a death penalty case against Aurora theater gunman James Holmes next year, is unlikely to be able to run.

Kopp, who resigned his seat in 2011 after his wife and mother of the couple’s four children died from cancer, is now an executive with Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

The group was one of the most outspoken opponents to the state’s new renewable energy mandate for REAs passed by Democrats and signed by Hickenlooper earlier this year.

Kopp, who has remarried, joins former GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo, state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, and Secretary of State Scott Gessler in a four-candidate primary field.

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