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Governor
Click to view highlights from the Aug. 28, 2006 debate between Bob Beauprez and Bill Ritter.

Bob Beauprez

Candidate photoAge: 57

Party: Republican

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Colorado, 1970

Occupation: Dairy farmer, community banker, developer

Civic experience: Represents Colorado's 7th Congressional District
Colorado Republican Party chairman, 1999-2002
President of the St. Louis Catholic Church School Board
Director of the Sister Carmen Community Center
Trustee for the Boy Scouts of America
Vice president of the Colorado Civil Justice League
Director for Community Medical Center

Personal: Wife Claudia; adult sons Joe, Jim and John; adult daughter Melanie; grandson Jacob

Website: www.beauprezforgovernor.com

Bill Ritter

Candidate photoAge: 49

Party: Democrat

Education: Law degree, University of Colorado, 1981

Occupation: Prosecuting attorney

Civic experience: Former Denver district attorney
Vice president of the National Association of District Attorneys
Chairman of the American Prosecutors Research Institute
Board member for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Former Catholic missionary in Africa
Chairman of the board of Promoting Alternatives to Violence through Education (Project PAVE)
Board member for the Mile High United Way
Member of the Denver Foundation's Human Services Committee
Member of the Denver Public Schools Commission on Secondary School Reform

Personal: Wife Jeannie; adult son August; son Abe, 17; son Sam, 15; daughter Tally, 13.

Website: www.ritterforgovernor.com

Dawn Winkler-Kinateder

Candidate photoAge: 34

Party: Libertarian

Education: Bachelor's degree, accounting, Western Illinois University, 1997

Occupation: Staff accountant for Ridgeway Accounting and Consulting Services

Civic experience: Co-founder of Health Advocacy in the Public Interest, which promotes informed decisions about vaccinating children
Founding board member and treasurer for Sage Mountain School

Personal: Husband David; one son

Website: www.dawnforgovernor.org

Clyde J. Harkins

Candidate photo

Party: American Constitution Party

Education: BA in history and philosophy from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO; Masters in public administration from Unveristy of Nebraska

Occupation: Retired

Civic experience: Federal employee with Health and Human Services, 1974-1994
Ran for Secretary of state three times
Ran for Congressional District 7 one time
Manager of the TABOR committee, 1988, 1990 and 1992

Personal: Wife Mary; four adult children, Lisa, Clarice, Andrea and Daniel; eight grandchildren

Website: www.harkinsforgovernor.com

Charles Walter Sylvester Jr.

Candidate photoAge: 69

Party: Write-in

Education: Bachelor's degree, Animal Science, Colorado State University, 1961

Occupation: Retired

Civic experience: Assistant manager of the Colorado State Fair, 1972
Worked with National Western Stock Show (NWSS), 1975,
Manager of the NWSS's Livestock Center
General manager of the National Western Stock Show, 1978-2003
Serves on the boards of the Colorado Boys Ranch, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance and T-Bone, and enjoys Wyoming Stock Grower folks.

Personal: Wife Ronita; two children, Lois and Duane

Website: www.voteforchuck.org

Paul Noel Fiorino

Candidate photo

Party: Unaffiliated

Personal: Two children

Website: www.fiorinoforcolorado.com/

Darla Herold

Party: Write-in

Gary Cooper

Party: Write-in

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News on this race

Source who leaked secret info ID’d
DENVER — Confidential law enforcement information that Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez used in an attack ad against his opponent for governor came from a federal immigration agent, a person in government who was briefed on the matter said Friday.
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CBI: Beauprez ad contained confidential police information
DENVER — Information used in Rep. Bob Beauprez’s television ad against gubernatorial opponent Bill Ritter could only have come from a confidential police computer, authorities said Monday as the congressman’s campaign said it would cooperate in the criminal investigation.
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Ritter turns over list to CBI
DENVER — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has launched an inquiry into whether a federal database was illegally used for details in a Rep. Bob Beauprez television ad against gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter, officials confirmed Saturday.
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Gov. hopefuls duke it out over water, health care
COLORADO SPRINGS — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter and Republican Bob Beauprez took their campaigns to Colorado Springs for a debate on Saturday to address issues facing southern Colorado, including water and transportation.
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Gubernatorial hopefuls cry treason, urge write-ins
LONGMONT — The American Constitution Party’s candidate for governor complains that “the overriding issue in this election” should be traitorous efforts to erase the United States’ borders with its neighbors.
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Beauprez, Ritter go head-to-head for governor
DENVER — Each major-party candidate for governor is inviting Coloradans to make sure he delivers on his campaign promises.
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Six additional candidates vie for governor
DENVER — Colorado voters dissatisfied with the platforms and campaign promises of both Republican Bob Beauprez and Democrat Bill Ritter needn’t stay at home or decline to cast a vote in the governor’s race.
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Bush boosts Beauprez bid
ENGLEWOOD — President Bush showed he still has clout when it comes to fundraising after supporters had to be turned away from a Wednesday reception for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, who is lagging behind his Democratic opponent.
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Ritter: Hastert should resign
DENVER — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter said Tuesday that Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert should resign after he acknowledged his staff was made aware of improper e-mails from Republican Rep. Mark Foley last fall because Republican leaders were too complacent about the problems facing one of their own.
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Owens says one party in control would be bad
DENVER — Coloradans should protect themselves from the possibility of Democrats continuing their control of the Legislature by electing a Republican governor, GOP Gov. Bill Owens said Monday.
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Beauprez’s missteps shape race
DENVER — First came word that the running mate picked by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez had compared same-sex marriage to bestiality. Then Beauprez apologized for overstating the abortion rate among blacks.
Since late August, it has been one problem after another for Beauprez.

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State AG defends Ritter's record
LONGMONT — Attorney General John Suthers on Wednesday defended fellow former prosecutor Bill Ritter’s record of plea-bargaining criminal cases while Ritter was Denver’s district attorney.
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Debate can’t avoid Ref. C
LOVELAND — Democrat Bill Ritter and Republican Bob Beauprez talked Monday about how they would best lead the state in issues such as illegal immigration, transportation, health care and tax policy.
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Ritter: Dems won’t get free pass
LONGMONT — Democrat Bill Ritter says he’d veto legislation that he thinks would be bad for Colorado, even if it’s sent to him by a Democrat-controlled Legislature.
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Seeking help in west Beauprez taps Mesa official
DENVER — GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez named Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland as his running mate on Monday, a move designed to help him mend fences and win votes on the Western Slope.
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