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Colorado Senate: The Candidates

Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R) | Dottie Lamm (D)

Primary Contenders:
Bill Eggert | Gil Romero

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R), incumbent
First elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 1992, Campbell switched parties in 1995, after Republicans took control of Congress. The only Native American in the Senate, he chairs the Indian Affairs Committee. A veteran of the Air Force, Campbell competed in Tokyo as a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Judo team. He made his living as a rancher, teacher and jewelry designer before entering political life in 1983, when he won election to the Colorado state House. Campbell served as a state legislator until 1986, when he won election to the U.S. House. He defeated three-term Colorado Gov. Richard D. Lamm (D) for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 1992 and beat GOP nominee Terry Considine in the general election, 52-43 percent. A moderate Republican, Campbell supports a minimum wage increase and opposes late-term abortions.

Dottie Lamm (D)
The wife of Richard D. Lamm, the former three-term governor and a candidate for the Reform Party's presidential nomination in 1996, Dottie Lamm has never held political office. She wrote a column for The Denver Post for 17 years. Lamm has described herself as fiscally conservative but socially progressive.
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Primary Contenders
Bill Eggert (R)
Eggert is pitching himself as a conservative alternative to Campbell. He lost the Republican Senate primary to current Sen. Wayne Allard in 1996 and lost the race for the 1st District U.S. House seat to Pat Schroeder (D) in 1994.

Gil Romero (D)
Romero is considered more liberal than Dottie Lamm and has said his Senate bid will focus on affordable health care, a clean environment and quality education. To compensate for his disadvantages in fund raising, Romero, a member of the state House of Representatives, has said he will run a grass-roots campaign.
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