Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson is apparently still weighing a decision to run for Secretary of State and seek the Republican nomination in 2014. While she hasn't decided what she would do if there is an open seat on the GOP side, she made it clear to Our Colorado News that she wouldn't challenge incumbent Republican Scott Gessler should he forego a run for Governor and instead tackle re-election:
Anderson said that she will “not run against an incumbent,” but that she is keeping all options on the table if Gessler steps aside to pursue a higher office.
“I’m still discussing with my family whether it’s the right thing for me to do personally, to run a statewide campaign,” she said.
Anderson is the head of the Colorado County Clerk’s Association and is seen by many in the GOP establishment as a moderate Republican who would be a change of pace from Gessler, who often is embroiled in controversy and who is seen as a lightning rod in Colorado politics.
“There’s lot of people who I respect and admire, and my county clerks that I work with all the time, who I think would be very supportive (of a secretary of state run),” Anderson said. “And the idea is very appealing to me, because I love this stuff.”
Reading between the lines here, we'd venture to guess that Anderson would likely jump into the race should Gessler announce that he won't run for re-election. Anderson would be a tough opponent for Democrat Joe Neguse, and would at least initially be considered a favorite to win the General Election if she could avoid a primary from the right-wing of the GOP.