Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne makes Democratic primary ballot, joining Johnston, Kennedy and Polis

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne has qualified onto the Democratic primary ballot, joining two other gubernatorial hopefuls who made the ballot a week ago.

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Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne in her gubernatorial campaign headquarters in Capitol Hill, March 20, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne in her gubernatorial campaign headquarters in Capitol Hill, March 20, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne has qualified onto the Democratic primary ballot, joining two other gubernatorial hopefuls who made the ballot Friday.

According to the Secretary of State’s release, Lynne collected 11,733 valid signatures (she needed 10,500 signatures total). Lynne submitted 22,512 total petitions. She also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the state and was the last candidate in the governor’s race waiting for her signatures to be verified.

“This is another important milestone for our campaign,” Lynne said in a campaign release. “In the weeks ahead I look forward to earning support from more Coloradans and sharing with them my nearly 40 years’ experience leading big organizations and my vision to bring people together to tackle tough challenges surrounding health care, education, transportation and our quality of life.”

With her signatures verified, Lynne joins former state representative Mike Johnston, former state treasurer Cary Kennedy and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on the party’s primary ballot. Lynne and Johnston are the two Democratic gubernatorial candidates to petition onto the primary; Polis also submitted petitions, but the Secretary of State’s office said his signature review process was halted after he qualified onto the ballot through last weekend’s state assembly.

The Secretary of State’s office on Friday also announced Republican gubernatorial candidate Victor Mitchell had successfully petitioned into the primary, while Doug Robinson failed to qualify (but plans on challenging the state’s findings).

The June primary ballots must be set by April 27, according to the Secretary of State’s office.