Rep. Jared Polis submits petitions for governor’s race

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has submitted more than 30,000 nominating petitions toward his inclusion in the Democratic primary race for governor.

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U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on Wednesday submitted more than 30,000 nominating petitions for his inclusion in the Democratic primary race for governor.

Colorado Secretary of State spokeswoman Lynn Bartels confirmed Polis had  submitted the petitions, which must contain signatures from registered Democrats to qualify. Each candidate has to collect 1,500 signatures from each of the state’s seven districts (10,500 total).

Polis said in a tweet that 33,000 petitions had been submitted.

“This was a 100% grassroots effort. A HUGE thank you to our tireless field organizers and volunteers for their amazing work!” Polis said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Fellow Democrat Mike Johnston was the first to submit nomination petitions last month. Bartels said in the email that her office expects to announce Johnston’s tally by the end of this week or early next week.

Cary Kennedy, a Democrat running for governor, is hoping to qualify for the primary through the caucus process. She gained a measure of advantage earlier this month after winning the party’s gubernatorial preference poll.

The deadline to submit petitions is March 20.