“There’s an open question of whether the state could be going in a better direction,” said Kopp, referring to a front-page Denver Post story that questioned whether the governor had lost his political mojo.
“This question is,” Kopp said, “‘Is this the right role and the right time for my family and for me?’”
The Jefferson County Republican was elected to the Senate in 2006, reelected in 2010 and resigned in 2011 after his wife died of cancer, leaving him to raise their four children, now ages 6 to 17. He remarried in April.
Kopp, 44, works for the nonprofit Intermountain Rural Electric Association as manager of corporate affairs.
So far, two candidates already are running for the GOP nomination for governor, former Congressman Tom Tancredo and Kopp’s former colleague, state Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray. Secretary of State Scott Gessler is exploring a run, and Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler is looking at the race.
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