Former speaker Romanoff to run for US House seat

DENVER - Former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff says he will run for Congress in the Aurora-based 6th District in 2014.

The Denver Post reports the Democrat submitted paperwork to the Federal Election Commission on Friday and will run for the seat currently held by Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. The announcement comes just three months after Coffman defeated former Democratic state Rep. Joe Miklosi by only two percentage points.

In 2010, Romanoff lost to Sen. Michael Bennet in a primary. He now works at the Colorado-based International Development Enterprises, a nonprofit that provides irrigation, water storage and technology to poor, small-scale farmers around the world.

Speculation had swirled early in 2012 that Romanoff might enter the 6th District race last year, though he ultimately decided to hold off on the run.

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