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Kathleen Curry anxious to continue work in House District 61

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, ran unopposed for third-term re-election representing Colorado’s House District 61.

Curry, 48, has run unopposed the past two elections for her seat, and while it’s a nice way to run for office, she doesn’t take it for granted.

“I’d say it makes me feel like the votes I cast and the way I approached the job was good for the district,” Curry said. “People are oriented toward the issues, and I tried to do the same as a representative. I think they were hoping for that in a representative and I’ve been so lucky, with no race this time or last, that I can only interpret that as I must have been in line with what the district wanted in a representative.”

In her last term, Curry sponsored House Bill 1341, which was an integral piece of legislation in expanding the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission board to nine members. Garfield County Commissioner Tresi Houpt was selected by Gov. Bill Ritter for the new COGCC board.

“What I’m most proud of is protecting public health, but restructuring the (Colorado) Oil and Gas (Conservation) Commission to be more balanced, that was a highlight for me,” Curry said.

She also noted her support on several pieces of legislation regarding water management for western Colorado. This term, Curry is looking forward to continuing her work protecting western Colorado and its residents.

“I think there are a couple of bills that are going to be really important for Garfield and Pitkin County,” she said.

For Garfield County, Curry said she will seek funding for a water quality monitoring survey and network with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which is spearheading the project in the Piceance Basin. She is going to push for the state to contribute adequate funds for the project.

“That is something that will help with real information on impacts on gas development in the region,” she said. “We first need baseline data, and this project will provide us with that.”

Curry also is the chair of the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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