Rocky Mountain Right has the scoop: J.J. Ament today officially has thrown his hat into the ring as a Republican candidate for Colorado state treasurer. I took a few minutes a little while ago to chat with the newly-minted candidate himself.
J.J. Ament stressed his “hands-on experience” in previous dealings with the treasurer’s office, that he “knows where the waste and inefficiency is” and doesn’t have to rely on the bureaucracy like incumbent Cary Kennedy has. He also said that Colorado needs the treasurer to be “a strong independent voice”, and that Kennedy hasn’t filled that role, either.
As he travels the state to test the waters and firm up his support, Ament noted: “I’m sensing an enthusiasm to change the administration we have.” That includes both Governor Bill Ritter and Cary Kennedy.
Of his primary opponent Walker Stapleton’s impressive fundraising take during the last quarter, Ament said that it would not deter him nor did it affect the timing of his entry into the race.
When I asked about a list of endorsements, new treasurer candidate Ament said there was no need to hurry and that we’d be seeing such a list released sometime soon.
Having talked personally with both Stapleton and Ament, my early estimation is that each brings a distinct set of strengths and qualifications to the job and that either would be an extremely formidable challenge