DENVER — Former state Sen. Angela Giron, who was recalled in September as part of a backlash after the Democrats’ passage of tougher gun laws, has decided not to run for Secretary of State, FOX31 Denver has learned.
Had she run — she considered it seriously enough to commission a poll and pressure fellow Latino lawmakers to support a possible campaign — she’d have forced a messy primary against University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse, a young upstart who entered the race last summer already having secured support from the Democratic establishment in the state.
Giron called Neguse earlier this week to inform him that she’s staying out of the race.
FOX31 Denver reported in December that a focus group, convened by gun control groups following the recalls to determine what went wrong, showed that Giron’s 20-point loss was more about her constituents simply not liking her than her support of the gun control package that sparked the recall movement.
Neguse will face El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams, the only Republican candidate for the Secretary of State’s office, next fall.