Victor Mitchell becomes third Republican gubernatorial hopeful to submit petitions

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Former state representative and businessman Victor Mitchell on Wednesday became the third Republican gubernatorial candidate to submit nomination petitions for June’s primary, turning in 26,085 signatures–more than any other GOP candidate to date.

Mitchell’s campaign made the announcement in a release, which said his campaign’s legal representative, attorney John Snow, delivered four boxes of signed and notarized petitions to the Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday.

“I saw the petition drive as an outstanding opportunity for grassroots politics that engages with real voters,” Mitchell said in the release. “We wanted to collect the most petitions to show our commitment to winning this campaign, just as we’ve approached our Facebook social media campaign, where we have more friends and followers than any other gubernatorial candidate, by a wide margin. We did it and there will be many more big wins in the days ahead. Just watch.”

Mitchell joins State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Doug Robinson among Republican candidates who have so far submitted petitions. Robinson turned in petitions on Monday, submitting about 17,000 signatures, according to a release from his campaign. Stapleton submitted 21,000 petitions on Feb. 23, according to Colorado Politics.

"The petition process is extremely complex, involving hundreds of man hours -- not only in talking to voters and collecting signatures, but in verification and diligence as well," Robinson said in his release. "As with any big project, it feels great to get this done."

Candidates need at least 10,500 signatures from registered Republicans to appear in June’s primary.

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