Lamm Files for Senate
By John E. Yang and Tom Kenworthy
Dottie Lamm, a former newspaper columnist and community activist whose husband Richard served three terms as Colorado's governor, has filed her candidacy papers for next year's race for the seat held by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.). Although her formal announcement won't be made until later, Lamm said, "I am 100 percent in the race."
A Democrat, Lamm promised a campaign that "brings Coloradans together around a moderate, common sense agenda that seeks to build solutions to today's problems while preparing us for tomorrow's challenges."
Lamm's path to the Democratic nomination has been made easier by the recent decision by six-term Rep. David E. Skaggs not to seek the seat.
Campbell, elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 1992, switched to the GOP three years later. Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) has been mulling a primary challenge to Campbell, but a close political associate says it is unlikely McInnis will now enter the race.
Richard Lamm was Colorado's governor from 1975 to 1987. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Senate nomination in 1992 losing to Campbell and ran last year for the Reform Party's presidential nomination, losing to Ross Perot.
Dottie Lamm said her husband has been advising her as she prepares for her first campaign for office. "He's giving me advice that he never took like think before you speak," she said.
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