Rippy eyes second term |

Rippy eyes second term

State Rep. Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs, says he will seek re-election to the state legislature in November.

He will be running for the newly formed House District 61 seat.

Rippy has been the representative for the Colorado state legislature District 57 since September 2000, when former Speaker of the House Russell George stepped down to become head of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Rippy was elected to a two-year term in November 2000.

“I was very interested in running again. It takes a while to become educated on the issues and the process,” Rippy said Friday.

He’d also like to see through some projects that are important to him. Like his predecessor George, Rippy supports revenue sharing among the counties in mountain resort regions so the poorer governments can benefit from the richer.

“That concept has a ton of validity in trying to solve growth issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and the Eagle River Valley, which are bedroom communities for ski resorts,” he said.

He’d also like to stay involved with water issues, such as mitigating the effects of transbasin diversions.

A “right to float” bill that would give rafters and fishermen a clear right to use the state’s rivers “will be really big in the next couple of years,” he said.

Rippy also serves on the House Information and Technology Committee and was recently appointed to the governor’s Information Management Commission.

“There are great opportunities to be more efficient in government, but it takes continuity,” he said.

He’d like to see costs decrease for delivering government services and make it easier for citizens to access them, “so they can do business easier with the government.”

As the representative for the newly formed District 61, Rippy said the issues will not change from those he tackled in District 57.

New district boundaries were announced by the state Supreme Court in February, making Rippy the incumbent for the new District 61. It includes eastern Garfield, Pitkin, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties and a portion of Eagle County.

“You go over to Gunnison and it has the same agriculture issues as Rio Blanco and Moffat counties,” he said, which are in District 57. So he’ll be dealing with many of the same issues as before.

However, he expects that with more ski areas in the new district, his focus will shift in that direction.

“It will mean long drives over Kebler and McClure passes,” he said of the adjusted boundaries. “It’s definitely the most beautiful district in the state.”

A lifetime resident of Glenwood Springs, Rippy was a member of the city Planning and Zoning Commission from 1992 to 1996, and served as the chairman of the commission in 1996.

He is the president of Grand River Construction, an asphalt paving company in Glenwood Springs, and has been a managing partner of Rocky Mountain Redi-Mix since 1998. He also serves on the board of directors of the Bank of Colorado and American Soda.

Gregg and his wife Marilee have three children, Dallas, 23, Stuart, 21, and Brandy, 20.

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