Perry Will wins Colorado House District 57 seat against Democratic challenger Colin Wilhelm

Colorado House District 57 candidates Colin Wilhelm, left, and incumbent Perry Will.
Colin Wilhelm, Democrat, Colorado House District 57 challenger Perry Will, Republican, Colorado House District 57 challenger

Colorado House District 57 representative Perry Will was reelected this week by double-digits over Democratic challenger Colin Wilhelm.

Will cemented his win with 11.66% of the vote. He will now serve his first full term in the legislature, after being appointed to the seat in 2019.

Wilhelm told the Post Independent that he was proud of this year’s campaign for bringing awareness to mental healthcare.

“I think we ran a very good campaign,” he said. “We left everything out on the field.”

So far during his short time as a representative of Garfield, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, Will has focused his attention primarily on reducing health care costs for Western Slope residents. For example, over the past year he supported legislation that would make it easier for people to enroll in insurance. In addition, he’s also supported a bill that would cover collateral cancer screenings at a younger age.

Still in the infancy of his political career, Will served as a for the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife for 43 years before his congressional appointment in 2019. The New Castle Republican was appointed following Bob Rankin’s selection to fill the Senate District 8 seat in 2019.

More recently, Will has been a strong proponent of localizing government in the fight against COVID-19. 

Will was unavailable for comment.

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