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Colorado Governor: The Candidates

Gail Schoettler (D) | Bill Owens (R)

Primary Contenders:
Mike Feeley | Tom Norton

Lt. Gov. Gail Schoettler (D)
Schoettler, who has served as lieutenant governor for one term, lead the primary race in money and polling from beginning to end. Endorsed by term-limited Gov. Roy Romer (D), she has said she will run a grassroots gubernatorial campaign focusing on education. Before she served as state treasurer from 1987 to 1994, she worked in the banking industry.
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Bill Owens (R)
Owens, too, lead his opponent wire-to-wire in the primary race. On the night of his primary victory, he said that education and transportation would be the key issues in his general election bid. In 1994, Owens became Colorado's first Republican treasurer in 24 years. His political résumé includes a stint in the state House of Representatives beginning in 1982 and another in the state Senate beginning in 1988. The four Republican members of the state's congressional delegation have thrown their support to Owens and his conservative agenda, which includes strong opposition to abortion and advocating less stringent handgun laws. Owens has said his top campaign issues will be crime, government efficiency and reduction of the education bureaucracy.

Primary Contenders
Mike Feeley (D)
Feeley was a private lawyer before he won election to the state Senate in 1992, and he now serves as minority leader. The state AFL-CIO and teachers' union both supported his gubernatorial bid.

Tom Norton (R)
Norton has been president of the Colorado state Senate since 1993. Appointed to the Senate from the state House in 1988, Norton won reelection to his Senate post in 1990 and 1994. Norton began his legislative career when he won election to the state House in 1986. Born in 1940, Norton worked as a civil engineer after earning a master's degree from Colorado State University in 1969. The Washington state native is married and has five children.
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