DENVER, Colo. – Democrats got a third candidate to vie for the governor's seat in Colorado.
Senate President Stan Matsunaka joined the race Wednesday. Businessman Rollie Heath and state Sen. Bob Hagedorn are also running to unseat Republican Gov. Bill Owens.
Owens and Matsunaka had strong words this year on everything from growth to education and transportation proposals. Matsunaka likened Owens's package for controlled-growth, introduced last May, as "baby steps."
Term limits prevent Matsunaka from running for the Senate again next year.
A victory would make Matsunaka, 48, Colorado's first governor of Japanese descent.
George Ariyoshi became the nation's only Japanese-American governor when he led Hawaii from 1974 to 1986, according to the Japanese-American National Museum in Los Angeles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.