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Former Colorado Lt. Gov. weighing Senate run

Lynn Bartels
The Denver Post

Former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton will decide in 30 days whether to run for the U.S. Senate.

If she does, Norton will join a crowded list of Republicans vying for the chance to knock off Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet next year.

“She’s seriously considering it, and she’ll make a decision in 30 days,” her husband, Mike Norton, said Monday.

Jane Norton was Gov. Bill Owens’ lieutenant governor in his second term, beginning in 2003. In his first term, she ran the state Department of Public Health and Environment. Owens was term-limited in 2006 and Republicans urged her to run for governor, but she declined.

“Jane has served Colorado well,” Owens said Monday. “I hope her days of public service are not over.”

Norton, 54, is executive director of the Denver Police Foundation, which raises funds to assist public safety and law enforcement.

Jennifer Duffy, who tracks U.S. Senate races for The Cook Political Report in Washington, said Norton has run statewide, which “puts her a few rungs up” over Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, considered two leading GOP hopefuls.

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