State treasurer Cary Kennedy announced today that she does not want to be considered as a replacement for Sen. Ken Salazar.
Kennedy, who was elected as the state's chief financial officer in 2006, had been mentioned along with U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver; House speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver; U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden; Denver mayor John Hickenlooper; and U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa.
Kennedy's announcement cited family considerations.
“Senator Salazar has been an extraordinary public servant for the citizens of Colorado, and the nation will be well served by his knowledge and expertise,” Kennedy said. “I am honored and humbled to have been considered for the appointment to Senator Salazar’s seat. But right now, with young kids, my focus and my energy is with my family. Kids are young only once, and it is a gift to raise them.”
Kennedy has two young children, Kadin, 11, and Kyra, 9.
Sen. Salazar has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama as secretary of interior.