Local dignitaries and politicians gathered in Brighton’s downtown Saturday, June 7, to celebrate the opening of Andrew Romanoff’s campaign office in Adams County. Romanoff, Democratic candidate for the 6th Congressional District of Colorado, will be facing off against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, in the November election.
Romanoff served four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, including two terms as speaker of the House. He said he chose to open a field office here because he believes Adams County has the power to swing this race.
“In the most-competitive congressional district in the country, Adams County can make the difference,” he said, adding that the 6th Congressional race in 2012 was decided by 7,000 votes and that there are enough votes in Brighton alone to take this seat in 2014. “That’s why we’re starting early. That’s why we’re starting here. That’s why we’re asking that you facilitate time and a little bit of your treasure over the next five months with us.”
Romanoff believes this race could get nasty, but said he believes he can win by telling the truth, confining his conversations to the issues and explaining the differences between his approach and Coffman’s approach.
“If you’re Mike Coffman, the two scariest words in the English language aren’t Andrew Romanoff – I’m a pretty mild-mannered guy,” he said. “The two scariest words are ‘congressional record’ and that is what we’re going to expose over the next five months. There is a big difference in this race between myself and my opponent. It’s the difference in how we go about growing the economy and strengthening the middle class.”
State Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton, was there to speak on Romanoff’s behalf, along with Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s wife, Nancy, and Adams County Commissioner Chaz Tedesco.
Hodge said that Romanoff has chosen not to take outside money and that “he’s raising all his money pocketbook by pocketbook by pocketbook” and that it’s going to be an extremely expensive race. Romanoff said he expects the cost of winning the race “will be north of $4 million” and that he’s already been able to raise more than $3 million already. He said they’ve been doing it just by asking people to chip in.
Romanoff’s campaign office is located at 18 N. Main St. in Brighton’s Historic Downtown. For more information on Andrew Romanoff, visit his website at www.andrewromanoff.com.