Republican leads in State House District 57 race |

Republican leads in State House District 57 race

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Republican candidate Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulpher Springs, was elected into his first term for State House District 57 against Democratic challenger, Todd Hagenbuch, D-Phippsburg.

Baumgardner received 19,599 votes (56 percent) while Hagenbuch received 15,074 votes (43 percent).

Hagenbuch, received only 31 percent of votes in Garfield County while Baumgardner held 69 percent. However, Hagenbuch did manage to carry his home county, Routt, with 62 percent of the vote. But Baumgardner led in the other five counties. House District 57 covers Routt, Moffat, Grand, Garfield, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties.

Baumgardner will replace Rep. Al White who was elected into the State Senate District 8 seat. Baumgardner sounded pleased with the outcome and was thankful for the voters choice.

“I feel very blessed that the people thought that much of me to give me a chance to represent them in district 57,” Baumgardner said Wednesday morning.

Baumgardner said that it was his ability to connect with the residents of HD 57 that won him the election.

“Whenever I went out to a town for a meeting or whatever, I went out and talked to the people, shook their hands and found out what their interests were,” he said. “Just being personable with people, I think was one of the key issues that helped me win this race. I think it was being accessible and taking the time to go out and meet people and not worry about how many miles were put on a vehicle or how much time it took.”

Baumgardner, 52, has lived in Grand County for over 14 years. He lives in Hot Sulpher Springs as a rancher and is also employed by the Colorado Division of Transportation. Baumgardner has said previously that he would no longer work for CDOT if elected to office so that he could focus on representing HD 57.

Baumgardner was not set back by the overwhelming number of Democrats elected into office over Republicans, and maintained that he would do whatever it took to get the job done and represent the people of his district.

“I think as Americans, regardless of party, we are going to have to work together to try and make this work,” Baumgardner said. “I’m in it for the good of the people. I’ve got their interest at heart. I don’t have a problem crossing the aisle to work with the other party and that is what it’s going to take to get the country going again.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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