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Kerry Donovan launches campaign to unseat Lauren Boebert

The state senator from Vail had been considering a bid in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District

Jesse Paul
The Colorado Sun
Colorado Democratic state Sen. Kerry Donovan speaks on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Denver.
AP Photo/Dave Zalubowski, File

State Sen. Kerry Donovan on Wednesday filed paperwork launching her campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert next year.

Donovan, a Vail Democrat, made her 3rd Congressional District bid official by submitting a statement of candidacy to the Federal Election Commission. She had been exploring a potential 2022 congressional bid for weeks, citing Boebert’s tumultuous start in Washington, D.C.

Donovan joins a 3rd District Democratic primary field that includes Gregg Smith, a businessman and rancher who lives in Westcliffe, and Colin Wilhelm, a Glenwood Springs lawyer.

Colorado Politics first reported that Donovan filed FEC paperwork.

Donovan couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday. She is a former Vail town councilwoman who now serves as the state Senate president pro tempore.

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