Post Independent opinion: Baxter for House District 57 |

Post Independent opinion: Baxter for House District 57

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Voters in Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties have a three-way choice for the next person to represent the redrawn District 57 in the state House of Representatives.

Democrat Jo Ann Baxter of Craig, Libertarian Dan Enright of Silt and Republican Bob Rankin of Carbondale face voters in the race for a two-year term. While each candidate has strong points, our vote is for Baxter.

Jo Ann Baxter is a longtime resident of Moffat County, a former school teacher who then served two terms on the Moffat County school board, including four as the board’s president. She understands education reform, school finance and the art of compromise.

Her platform on key issues – the economy and jobs, state budget, taxes, transportation, water and social issues – represents sensible, progressive viewpoints. As a state legislator, we feel she will most closely represent the views of moderate voters.

On the surface, Bob Rankin is perhaps the more appealing candidate. He is well-versed on many issues, readily makes a convincing argument, and has the advantage of a campaign well-funded by business interests. While he could be the more effective legislator, his views tilt too far to the right.

Libertarian Dan Enright had made some provocative points in his campaign, such as favoring legalization of hemp. While we appreciate the presence of third-party candidates, Enright appears to have an insufficient handle on state government responsibilities and issues.

In summary, we believe Jo Ann Baxter is the better candidate to carry the needs and concerns of northwest Colorado and District 57 to the state House of Representatives.

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