State Senator Don Coram plans to run against Lauren Boebert for CD3

State Senator Don Coram said he is doing his “due diligence” to decide if he will run for the 3rd Congressional District seat in Colorado next year.

The Montrose Republican could challenge outgoing Rep. Lauren Boebert in next year’s GOP primary, as the Colorado Sun first reported.

“I could check out the thousands of phone calls, texts and emails from people across the district who contacted me to take a look,” Coram said in an interview. “The point is, I have a very solid record as a moderate who is the type to get it right. “

Coram is entering the final year of his first term as State Senator, representing Senate District 6. In the final round of redistribution which will take effect next year, he was drawn to the same district as the Senator for State Bob Rankin, whose current term ends in 2025. As a result, Coram is unable to stand for re-election to the State Senate.

Coram represented House District 58 as State Representative from 2011 to 2017.

He said he would make a final decision on his candidacy in early January. Primary elections are next June, where Coram would face Boebert. The other Republican in the race is political newcomer Marina Zimmerman.

Right now, Boebert’s campaign has more than $ 1.7 million in cash, according to his latest Federal Election Commission filing. It could present a formidable challenge for subsequent participants in the race, but Coram said he could offer “respectful representation” if elected.

“I don’t see myself running against Boebert,” he said. “I see myself running for Colorado.”

He did not say whether Boebert’s recent Islamophobic comments against Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar had yet influenced him to consider entering the race, just that the demands for him to show up were numerous and consistent. He criticized the intense polarization in Congress.

“I am afraid that we as a state and as a nation have extremes on both sides. The left and the right seem more determined to divide our nation than to unite our nation, ”he said.

As for the 2020 election, which many far-right politicians have claimed without evidence to be fraudulent and “stolen” from former President Donald Trump, Coram said he had seen no evidence of it.

“I think everyone wants to have a plot, but for me 2020 is behind us,” he said. “I think of years 22 and 24.”

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