Democratic candidate Mike Merrifield officially announced his candidacy on Sunday, even though he made his intentions to run for Morse’s seat known several months ago.
Republican Bernie Herpin replaced Morse in the Sept. 10 recall election, but Herpin will only serve the remainder of Morse’s term, which ends next year. Morse would have been term limited if he’d survived his recall challenge.
Merrifield is a former Manitou Springs City Councilman and a four-term state representative, but he is also the former state director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the anti-gun organization headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
MAIG provided significant financial support for Morse and former Sen. Angela Giron, who was also recalled in September, including a $350,000 donation from Bloomberg himself. Opponents of the recall raised about $3.5 million, according to the Denver Post, compared to just over a half million for those seeking the lawmakers’ ouster, according to the Denver Post.
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