After U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter revealed on January 10 that he would not be running for reelection in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, fellow Democrat Brittany Pettersen was among the first public officials to pay tribute to his service — and the next morning, the state senator announced that she was a candidate to fill his seat.
A little hesitancy would have been understandable. Back in 2017, Perlmutter announced that he would forego a reelection bid the next year in order to run for governor, prompting Pettersen and several other prominent hopefuls to enter the race for the CD7 office. When Perlmutter changed his mind a few months later, in the face of a well-funded gubernatorial campaign mounted by eventual winner Jared Polis,…
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