New candidate joins S.D. 8 race

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Emily Tracy

Breckenridge resident Emily Tracy announced Monday her intention to seek Colorado’s Eighth Senate District seat.

“Year after year, rural and Western Slope Colorado struggle to have their voices heard in state government,” Tracy said in a news release announcing her candidacy.

“I am running for the Colorado Senate because I am tired of the Western Slope being an afterthought in Denver, and am ready to fight to give our rural communities a voice in the State Senate.”

Tracy, a Democrat, currently works for the Summit County Chamber of Commerce and the Adoption Exchange.

She previously served eight years on the Cañon City Council, 12 years on planning commissions — including the last six on the Summit County Countywide Planning Commission — and five years as co-chair of the Summit Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Council.

Additionally, Tracy worked for four years in the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Office of Dispute Resolution. She graduated from the University of Colorado and has a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in environmental management.

“I believe most people, regardless of party affiliation, expect their elected officials to work hard on their behalf and want them to use a common sense approach to solving problems,” she said in the release. “I’m tired of watching the partisan posturing and petty politics in Denver, and am running to bring common sense Colorado solutions back to the State Senate.”

Tracy is the first Democrat to enter the S.D. 8 race, joining Jean White, R-Hayden, who was appointed to the S.D. 8 seat in 2010 to fill the vacancy left by husband Al White’s resignation, and Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, who is currently the representative for Colorado House District 57.

S.D. 8 includes Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Grand, Garfield, Summit and Jackson counties.

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