Two Colorado Supreme Court justices seek retention in November

Article author: 
Luke Seeley / Ballotpedia
Article publisher: 
The Center Square
Article date: 
6 September 2020
Article category: 
Colorado News
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Colorado Supreme Court Justices Melissa Hart and Carlos Armando Samour Jr. are standing for retention election on Nov. 3, 2020. Both justices were appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Currently, six of the seven justices on the court were appointed by a Democratic governor. Of those, five were appointed by Hickenlooper.

  • Brian Boatright Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in 2011
  • Nathan Coats Appointed by Gov. Bill Owens (R) in 2000
  • Richard Gabriel Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in 2015
  • Melissa Hart Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in 2017
  • William W. Hood Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in 2014
  • Monica Márquez Appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter (D) in 2010
  • Carlos Armando Samour Jr. Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in 2018

... Since 2008, justices facing retention elections have won 98 percent of the time. In Colorado, there has not been a single justice that lost retention during this same time frame.


Defend Colorado Now (DCN) was formed in 2004 as to support a pro-citizen, pro-legal-immigrant amendment to the Colorado constitution to ensure non-emergency taxpayer-funded public services go only to those lawfully in Colorado.
Defend Colorado Now was a bi-partisan citizens' initiative that would amend the Colorado constitution to prevent persons unlawfully present in Colorado from receiving publicly funded services that are not required by federal law. If DCN supporters collected the required number of voter-registered signatures by August 8, 2006, the initiative would have been placed on the ballot. It became clear that DCN would collect the signatures.
The Colorado Supreme Court, in a blatant act of political activism, aligned with the Democrat party to sabotage the initiative process, preventing the  amendment from being placed on the ballot for voter approval in November, 2006.