Becky Rippy announces District 61 candidacy |

Becky Rippy announces District 61 candidacy

Post Independent Photo/Jim NoelkerBecky Rippy is running for the District 61 House seat to be vacated by her cousin-in-law, Gregg Rippy.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Its official: On Thursday, Becky Rippy declared her candidacy for District 61 in the Colorado House of Representatives. Rippy, 46, describes herself as a Republican with Independent roots. She has a background in child and family welfare issues, and currently serves as a guardian ad litem assistant, serving children and families in dependency and neglect matters in Garfield County with the law firm Tom Silverman & Associates in Glenwood Springs.Rippy also serves as a special advocate for the 9th Judicial District Court, appointed to investigate and report in divorce and custody cases.In addition to children and families, Rippys interests include affordable housing, health care reform, Western Slope water and tort reform. This is her first run at public office. All in the familyRippy is married to New Castle town administrator Steve Rippy, and is cousin-in-law to state Rep. Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs, who currently represents District 61. Rep. Rippy has declared his candidacy for Colorados 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, is not seeking re-election in November. Becky Rippy traveled to Denver with Rep. Rippy on Feb. 9-10, to attend legislative sessions and committee meetings at the House of Representatives.Following that trip, which she described as extremely fast-paced, she said she would announce this week whether she would run for office. Hershey will decide next weekFormer Aspen City Councilman Tony Hershey, also a Republican, has also expressed his interest in running for representative of District 61, but said Thursday he has not yet decided if he will throw his hat in the ring.Has Becky Rippy declared her candidacy? he said Thursday. Well, thats going to affect my decision whether to run. I should have my decision by Tuesday or Wednesday. District 61s jurisdiction includes the counties of Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale and Pitkin. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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