by Pam Zubeck
Fort Collins businessman and former CSU Athletic Director Jack Graham today became the first candidate who filed petitions to be certified for the Republican primary election ballot for the U.S. Senate. Secretary of State Wayne Williams confirmed Graham submitted enough qualified Republican signatures.
"Ginger and I are grateful for all the help and support so many Coloradans volunteered in our successful quest to petition onto the primary ballot," Graham said. "We look forward to the primary election campaign and making our case to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate."
Graham was the last candidate to formally enter the Senate race but he was the first candidate to formally submit petitions to the Colorado Secretary of State for approval on Monday, March 28. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams confirmed today that Graham's petitions qualified. Three other candidates filed after Graham and are still awaiting word from the Secretary of State whether they qualify for the ballot.
Colorado election law requires the signatures of 1,500 registered Republicans from each of Colorado's seven congressional districts in order to petition onto the Tuesday, June 28 Republican primary election ballot. Graham submitted a total of nearly 20,000 signatures to the Secretary of State.