Rankin to run for House District 57 seat
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Bob Rankin, a former candidate for the Colorado Senate in 2010, will now turn his sights to winning the Republican Party’s nomination to run for the newly redrawn House District 57 seat in the state Legislature.
Rankin, along with his wife, Joyce, resides outside Glenwood Springs in eastern Garfield County. That portion of the county has been in House District 61, now represented by Glenwood Springs Democrat Roger Wilson.
With the recently approved state legislative district reapportionment plan, all of Garfield County will be included in HD 57 along with Rio Blanco and Moffat counties starting with the November election this year.
Current District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Jackson County, will now be in HD 13. He announced recently that he will seek the Republican nomination to run for the Senate District 8 seat.
Wilson has said he will not run again this year for the state Legislature.
“I am a constitutional and fiscal conservative who believes in limited government, less regulation and support of free market capitalism,” Rankin said in formally announcing his intentions on Friday. “Jobs are created not by government, but by farmers, ranchers and small businessmen. I understand their needs and I will stand up for them.”
In 2010, Rankin ran unsuccessfully for the Colorado Senate District 5 seat against incumbent Democrat Gail Schwartz. At the time, he moved into an Aspen home that he and his wife own, and established residency in Pitkin County.
He moved back into his Garfield County home last summer, he said.
Rankin is the CEO of Interactive Outdoors Inc., and Internet-based resource providing information on outdoor recreation opportunities in the area.
He said his experience as an entrepreneur and former aerospace executive qualify him to understand the complex issues facing the Western Slope.
That includes maintaining access to public lands, and recognizing a need to develop domestic energy resources in the region, “while being careful to protect our environment,” he said.
Rankin said he is also passionate about supporting quality education, especially in Colorado’s rural communities.
Thus far, no other Republican or Democratic candidates have announced for the HD 57 seat.
“I have been getting a lot of support from party leaders in the district,” Rankin said, adding he is planning a public event later this month to announce “key endorsements” and outline his campaign goals.
The Republican precinct caucuses are set for Feb. 7 in Colorado, followed by the statewide party assembly on March 24 where nominations for federal, state and local offices will be decided. This year’s party primary elections are set for June 26.
Democrats will hold precinct caucuses on March 6.
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