Summit holds election cards
The election verdict is in. Summit County continues to hold the trump cards in multicounty districts.In 2002, Summit propelled Leadville Democrat Carl Miller to victory in state House District 56, which includes Summit and Eagle counties.This year, Summit took care of its own as Democrat state Rep. Gary Lindstrom won decisively on Summit votes.Summit votes also eased hometown Republican District Attorney Mark Hurlbert into office. In a definite backlash to the Kobe Bryant case, Hurlbert was hurt by Eagle voters. Summit overcame that and the Democratic trends in Lake and Clear Creek to win Hurlbert his first election as Fifth Judicial District Attorney.Congratulations to both. We supported both candidates, not the least because we think it’s important Summit County is home to decision-makers whenever possible.Summit hasn’t had a hometown legislator since state Sen. Bryan Sullivant in the late 1990s.Lindstrom’s victory was not a surprise, but his role in a Democratic takeover of the state House of Representatives was. State voters made the coup complete by switching control of the state Senate back to the Democrats.That puts our own state Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald in one of the state’s top power positions, senate president. Fitz-Gerald lives in Jefferson County but Summit is part of her district and she is not a stranger to us.The change in power at the State Capitol, in our opinion, is a strong signal that people want government to be pragmatic and take care of business. The last Legislature, controlled by ideologue Republicans aided and abetted by Gov. Bill Owens, was more interested in breaking up government.That’s why we did not get a chance to vote on a compromise to loosen the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights-Amendment 23 budget vice. That’s why college tuitions are going through the roof and drivers license offices were closed.In January, the opportunity is at hand to get Colorado straightened out, certainly with the help of those Republicans interested in solving problems, not exacerbating them.It would be a tragedy for Democrats to push an agenda that divides the state once again. If they do, they’ll lose their power in 2006.
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