STATE BILL COLORADO
Ignacio sheepman J. Paul Brown is now the second Republican in the race to try to keep Rep. Ellen Roberts’ House District 59 seat in the hands of the GOP. Roberts is running for the Senate against new Sen. Bruce Whitehead, a Democrat. Whitehead was chosen by a vacancy committee to succeed Jim Isgar, who took a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Brown was for four years a La Plata County commissioner. He also has served on the Ignacio School Board.
Republicans hold a majority of registered voters in the district, with 36 percent. But because no party has 40 percent, State Bill Colorado considers the district one of 22 in Colorado that are “truly competitive.” Thirty-two percent of HD-59 voters are unaffiliated, and 31 percent are Democrats.
As a result of Brown’s candidacy, State BIll has updated its 2010 Election Tracker.