HD 26 Vacancy Committee Process & Candidate Information

Colorado House District 26

2017 Vacancy Process & Candidate Information Form

Colorado State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush is vacating her seat as Colorado House District 26’s representative effective November 2, 2017.  In order to insure continued representation for citizens in Colorado House District 26 (HD26), and in accordance with Colorado Revised Statute and Colorado Democratic Party (CDP) rules, the CDP HD26 Vacancy Committee will appoint a new Colorado House Representative for HD26.  This process is open and encourages all candidates who meet the qualifications of the Colorado Revised Statutes for a State House Representative.  The CDP HD26 Vacancy Committee meeting and voting will be enthusiastically open to the public. 


The House District 26 Vacancy Committee is asking persons interested in being considered for this position to submit a letter of intent, a professional resume and the enclosed Colorado House District 26 Candidate information Form to hdvacancy26@gmail.com to be received no later than October 20, 2017 5pm.  The House District 26 gmail account will be monitored daily by the HD26 Chair and Vice Chair; and, all information emailed to hdvacancy26@gmail.com will be emailed to Vacancy Committee Members on a daily basis.  According to Colorado Revised Statute, nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the October 28, 2017 Vacancy Committee Meeting.  The Vacancy Committee is asking all candidates nominated from the floor to also submit the above referenced candidate information when nominated. By submitting this information, the candidate understands and agrees that any information provided in this process will be made available to the public.

All information emailed to hdvacancy26@gmail.com will be emailed to Vacancy Committee Members on a daily basis.

The CDP HD26 Vacancy Committee will meet with qualified candidates in open session Saturday, October 28, 2017 starting at 10am at the Historic Crossan Building, Yampa, Colorado.  Each qualified candidate will have a timed 10 minutes for a 1st and 2nd nomination and an acceptance speech.  Each candidate will also be asked the same 3 questions with a timed response time of 5, 2, and 2 minutes respectively.    Candidates will then have an opportunity for a timed 1 minute closing speech.  The order of candidates will be determined by lot.

The CDP HD26 Vacancy Committee will vote by written ballot.  Each ballot will be numbered and assigned to a specific Vacancy Committee Member.  Candidates or their assigned representative may observe the ballot count.  Winner will be by majority vote.  If there are more than 2 candidates and the first vote does not achieve a majority, the candidate receiving the fewest number of votes will be dropped and a new vote will take place.

Colorado Revised Statute State House Qualifications:

  • At least 25 years of age
  • A resident of Colorado for at least one year
  • A resident of Colorado House District 26 for at least 12 months
  • Registered as a Democrat for at least one year
  • A United States Citizen

House District 26 Candidate Information Form

2017 Vacancy

Thank you for offering to share your vision and energy with Colorado House District 26!

Candidate Name:

Mailing Address:

Current Primary Address:

Other primary residence street addresses within the past year:

Do you meet the Colorado Revised Statute State House Qualifications?

Email: Telephone #:

Candidate Webpage: Candidate Facebook Page:

Please include a written answer for each question:

  1. What are the top 3 challenges and opportunities for Colorado House District 26?
  1. What are your top 3 priorities in the Colorado legislature for serving the citizens of Eagle and Routt counties?
  1. What additional information would you like to share with the Colorado House District 26 Vacancy Committee?

Please be prepared to answer the following questions verbally during the Colorado House District 26 Vacancy Committee October 28th meeting:  Please note the strict time allowed to answer each question.

  1. Why do you think you are the best representative for Colorado House District 26?  (5 Minutes)
  1. If the HD26 Vacancy Committee selects you as Colorado House District 26’s Representative, are you planning on running for HD26 in 2018?  (2 Minutes)
  1. If you are not selected as Colorado House District 26’s Representative, will you support today’s Vacancy Committee’s selection in the 2018 election? (2 Minutes)

Find your place with the Routt Co. Democrats!

Sign up for our newsletter

Contact Catherine Carson at: cathcarson@gmail.com with ‘sign me up for your newsletter’ in the header of your email.

We’re always looking for volunteers.

Contact Catherine Carson at: cathcarson@gmail.com

or  Anne Barounos at: anne@barounos.com

 Check out our Yampa Valley Community Action Team for on-going action items.

You can find it via Facebook (Yampa Valley Community Action Team) or this link