Grand Junction’s Penry won’t run for re-election |

Grand Junction’s Penry won’t run for re-election

Lynn Bartels
The Denver Post

State Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry won’t run for re-election next year, but will serve out the final year of his term.

The Grand Junction Republican plans to help one-time rival Scott McInnis with his gubernatorial campaign, and help fellow Republicans take back the legislature.

Penry told his inner circle on Wednesday of his decision.

He was first elected to the state House in 2004, then won a state Senate seat in 2006. As a freshman senator, he played a crucial role in education and energy legislation, which is one reason his colleagues elected him the GOP minority leader.

Penry announced his campaign for governor in the summer, but unexpectedly dropped out in November, saying he feared a nasty GOP primary would make it easier for Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter to win re-election and harder for Republicans to win legislative seats.

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