Independent candidate for Congress, Dave Anderson, took a key step in his campaign to unseat incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn when he filed petitions yesterday morning with the Colorado Secretary of State to secure a spot on the General Election ballot.
Because Anderson is not affiliated with any political party, the Independent was required to collect and submit 800 certified voter signatures to the Colorado Office of Secretary of State. Yesterday, Anderson submitted over 4,200 certified signatures — more than five (5) times the required amount.
“We could not be more positive about the support and enthusiasm for our campaign given response to the petition drive. We believe voters grew tired of negatives in the primary campaign and they are looking for an alternative to the partisan rancor. With family incomes in decline and millions of Americans out of work, voters want solutions. That is what our campaign will offer the voters of the 5th Congressional District, and I look forward to debating the issues with Congressman Lamborn,” declared Anderson.
While Colorado’s 5th Congressional District historically leans Republican, Anderson noted that Lamborn received less than 44,000 votes in the recent primary. While it led to the incumbent’s victory, it remained only 27% of the estimated 162,000 registered Republican voters in the 5th Congressional District. “A particular party label is no guarantee to victory, nor is it a license to take the voters for granted. It’s no wonder the approval rating for Congress is below 10%. I will work to earn the support of Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike,” said Anderson.