Primary 2018: Q&As with candidates for governor of Colorado

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Colorado voters will choose would-be successors to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is limited after two terms, in the June 26 primary election. It's the first primary in which unaffiliated voters, the state's largest voting bloc, can participate in one or the other of the major party primaries, and state ballots were mailed out June 4.

Here's a look at the top candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties.

Republicans

Victor Mitchell

Entrepreneur, CEO of Lead Funding, a specialty real-estate lender.  Served one two-year term in the state Legislature a decade ago.

Greg Lopez

Small-business owner, restaurant and consulting.  Mayor of Parker, 1992-96; President of board of directors for Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2004-05; Colorado director of U.S. Small Business Administration, 2008-14.

Walker Stapleton

Chief executive officer of a publicly traded real-estate company on the NASDAQ.  State treasurer (last seven years).

Doug Robinson

Entrepreneur, co-founder of leading corporate-finance adviser.  Founder of (nonprofits) SMART Colorado and KidsTek.

Democrats

Mike Johnston

Eight years as a public-school teacher and principal, seven years as a state senator for District 33.

Cary Kennedy

Former state treasurer, former chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver, mom.

Donna Lynne

Lieutenant governor and chief operating officer of Colorado.

Jared Polis

U.S. Congressman, entrepreneur, and florist. Founder of ProFlowers.com, TechStars, Patriot Boot Camp, American Information Systems, Bluemountain.com.

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