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Possible state treasurer candidate stops in Rifle, meets with Garfield County Democrats

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The 2014 general election is more than a year away, but potential candidates have been traveling Colorado, trying to drum up support and learn about local issues.

One such potential candidate stopped in Rifle on Friday, Sept. 6, to chat with former Garfield County commissioner and current county Democratic Party chair Trési Houpt, former Rifle mayor and councilman Keith Lambert and County Treasurer Georgia Chamberlain.

Pat Quinn, 59, is seeking the state Democratic Party’s nomination to run for state treasurer. Former Congresswoman Betsy Markey of Fort Collins is also seeking the nomination. The office is held by Republican Walker Stapleton, who is seeking re-election.

Quinn was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., and his family moved to Westminster in 1964. After graduation from Westminster High School, Quinn received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Colorado State University in 1975.

Quinn has been an accountant for more than 20 years, including his own firm, Quinn & Associates, and has lived in Broomfield since 1981, serving as mayor of Broomfield for the past six years. Quinn has also served with a variety of organizations, including the Broomfield Open Space and Trail Advisory Committee.

“Open space got me involved in public service,” he said.

Quinn decided to run for the state treasurer’s office to use his accounting background “to shine some light on the state’s financial issues.”

Those issues include the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association, which Quinn said he opposed moving to privatization.

“I think it’s one of the better programs in the country, and my goal is to strengthen it,” he added.

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