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Democratic state treasurer candidate Betsy Markey stops in Craig

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Betsy Markey

— Colorado treasurer candidate Betsy Markey visited Craig on Friday for a campaign stop.

"My 35 years of marketing and financial experience make me uniquely qualified for this position," Markey told the Craig Daily Press, highlighting that she's visited 75 percent of the counties in Colorado so far.

Markey is running against Republican state treasurer incumbent Walker Stapleton.

The Democratic candidate held a meet-and-greet with Moffat County constituents Friday at Downtown Books, where Moffat County Democrat JoAnn Baxter welcomed her to Northwest Colorado.

"I think she's a really hard worker and will represent us well," Baxter said. "My major area of concern is that the state treasurer sits on the PERA (Public Employees' Retirement Association) board, and she supports my views that that board is fully funded. She wants to be an active supporter of PERA."

Markey outlined top priorities she would focus on if elected, including supporting PERA, which provides retirement funds to teachers across Colorado.

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The treasurer “has a responsibility to protect that retirement system," Markey said. "I'll be working hard on their behalf."

More than 90 percent of the teachers who retire from Colorado schools stay in the state, Markey said.

She also spoke about the importance of taxes and accountability.

"There should be transparency established when you're talking about people's tax dollars," she said. "I think trade off can be more innovation by maximizing money coming into the state."

Markey also highlighted that she would be more visible in all areas of Colorado, not just along the Front Range. She noted that she would be a full-time treasurer and not hold another job while in office.

Markey has "over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she served as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)," according to her website. "In 2008, Betsy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and proudly served the people of the 4th Congressional District. She is one of four women to have ever served in the U.S. Congress from Colorado."

Markey has three kids and has been married to her husband, Jim, for 29 years.

Contact Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.