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Baumgardner, Levy to represent GC

Reid Tulley
Grand County, CO Colorado

The Democratic Party retained the majority in the Colorado Senate and regained control of the Colorado House after the Nov. 6, elections.

Grand County will be represented by Republican Randy Baumgardner in the state Senate and Democrat Claire Levy in the House.

Baumgardner clinched the seat in the Colorado Senate for District 8 with 33,508 votes, or 51.1 percent of the votes, over Democratic challenger Emily Tracy, who received 44.3 percent of the votes.

“I would like to thank the voters in Senate District 8 and in Grand County for supporting me,” Baumgardner said.

Baumgardner commented about how he will continue to protect individual property rights and Second Amendment rights and will fight for tourism and economic development, issues that Grand County residents value.

Baumgardner also mentioned more specific issues that he plans to attend to including: Fighting the $100 late fee for vehicle registration, and addressing traffic concerns on the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.

Baumgardner also noted that he would “put people back to work and continue to improve our economic development.”

Levy will represent the newly drawn District 13 in the Colorado House of Representatives, which will be her last term as a representative as she has reached her term limit.

Levy won the seat with 67 percent of the vote to beat Adam Ochs, who received 27.5 percent of the vote.

In Grand County, Ochs took the majority of the votes with 52.33 percent (3,870) with Levy receiving 42.63 percent (3,153) of Grand County votes.

Levy addressed the differing voter profile in Grand County from that of much of the rest of the district and noted the reapportion process was difficult for Grand County. However, she offered assurances that she will be attentive to important issues in Grand County such as water, tourism, and forest health.

Levy said Grand County residents are “just getting to know me and I am just getting to know them.”

Levy also commented on the difficulty resepresenting a district from the other side the Continental Divide.

“It will be a challenge but I will do everything I can to be in the community when we’re not in session,” she said.

Levy mentioned that she had the opportunity to get to know Grand County Commissioner James Newberry before the election and was able to gain a better understanding of some of the pressing issues in Grand County and to begin reaching out to land owners on the Fraser and Upper Colorado rivers.

“Both parties still are very focused on improving the economy and job prospects for people in Colorado,” she said. “Eight percent [unemployment] is unacceptable.”

Levy discussed civil unions and the ability of undocumented high school students to receive in-state tuition rates as issues she hopes to see in the House in coming years.

Both Levy and Baumgardner touched on concerns about energy creation in the state and funding for education, issues that are sure to be addressed in the coming sessions.

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