DENVER - Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez has been certified to appear on Republican primary ballots for governor.
On March 31, Beauprez submitted 23,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State, of which 12,209 were accepted, while 10,791 entries were deemed invalid.
The Secretary of State's office said it then began a line-by-line review of the signatures. Beauprez was required to gather 1,500 valid signatures from each of Colorado's seven congressional districts for a total of 10,500 valid signatures.
The certification Wednesday of Beauprez's petitions to make ballots settles the Republican field at four. Beauprez will compete against Secretary of State Scott Gessler, former state Sen. Mike Kopp and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo in a June 24 primary.
The winner of the Republican nomination will challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is seeking a second term.
Colorado has no election runoffs, so the top vote-getter in the primaries becomes the party nominee.
Beauprez served two terms in Congress from Denver's western suburbs. He unsuccessfully ran against former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter in 2006.