Jul 19, 2013 12:52 AM by Kirsten Bennett
Two Republican challengers have stepped forward in the recall elections of Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron.
Former Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin is making his first run for state office, collecting signatures to be named on the Morse recall ballot.
"I'm a constituent of Senator Morse and yet he does not listen to his constituents. He told his caucus don't answer e-mails, don't take phone calls from the constituents, we're going to do this," said Herpin.
And retired Pueblo Deputy Police Chief George Rivera is campaigning to replace Senator Giron in the Senate District 3 recall. Rivera says while the new gun control laws played a big part in their decision, but says Giron's votes on renewable energy and water rights prompted his decision.
"There was a law that allowed, made it easier for water to be taken out of the Arkansas River Basin and moved up north. That didn't make any sense to me why that would have been passed, said Rivera.
Both candidates must collect 1,000 signatures from affiliated voters by July 29.