Dems announce candidate for state Senate |

Dems announce candidate for state Senate

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GILPIN COUNTY – Gilpin County Commissioner Jeanne Nicholson announced Friday that she will run for Colorado Senate District 16, which includes Summit County. State Sen. Dan Gibbs currently occupies the seat; Gibbs announced late last year he would not seek re-election.

Nicholson has received the endorsement of Senate President Brendan Shaffer. Barring another Democratic entrant into the race, Nicholson will face one of two Republican candidates: 5th Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert of Breckenridge or Evergreen businessman Tim Leonard.

Nicholson has lived in the Colorado mountains since 1965 and inside Senate District 16 for the past 39 years, first in Grand County, then in Gilpin County. She is a former public heath nurse and spearheaded efforts to provide a childcare center and after school program in Gilpin County, where she supported an expanded recycling program and initiated a property tax work-off program for senior citizens and disabled citizens.

“I’m very excited Jeanne has decided to run for the state Senate,” Shaffer said. “Both as a nurse and a Gilpin County Commissioner, she has seen first-hand the difficulties working people in this state are going through. She’ll go to the statehouse to represent Colorado families, not special interests.”

Nicholson serves on Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Board of Directors and the Colorado Child Welfare Allocation Committee. She served as the chair of the Health and Human Services Steering Committee for CCI and chaired the Colorado Commission on Family Medicine. She was named Colorado Commissioner of the year in 2005.

“The most important problem the state legislature should help solve is to turn around Colorado’s economy and get everyone back to work,” Nicholson said. “My background as a former business owner and my budgeting experience as a commissioner are great qualifications for the economic challenges we are facing.

“With the right leadership and political will we can create jobs in tourism, forest health, renewable energy and other industries. We can keep jobs in public education and health care. All of these job opportunities will help the district’s citizen thrive and continue to enjoy the highest quality of life in the country,” she added.

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