Leadership Through Service

I am a candidate for Colorado Senate District 8 to be of service to the residents and businesses of Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties.  The election is in 2020 but the size of our district warrants starting early. 

I can devote the next two years traveling our district and listening to the concerns, needs, and suggestions from residents and businesses. My background of volunteerism and interest in Western Slope issues provides me the focus and sincere interest to serve.

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Breckenridge, December 7, 2018.

Republican Debra Irvine has announced her candidacy for Colorado Senate District 8 (SD8) currently held by State Senator Randy Baumgardner.

“I am inherently driven to be of service.  My family has a strong history of community, military and diplomatic service.  From my volunteer work as a suicide hotline counselor, to having been a voice for others as a candidate, I have the focus and commitment to serve our district”, Irvine explains.

“Our district encompasses over 17,000 square miles.  Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties. The election is in 2020 and the size of our district warrants starting early.  I can dedicate the next two years to listening and learning”, Irvine said.

Irvine notes that she has a unique background that fits well with SD8.

“I have been a proven proponent for the coal, oil and gas industry.  I believe in following an all of the above approach to energy (fossil fuel, wind, solar, geothermal, hydro). In addition to fossil fuel energy’s proven reliability, severance tax contributions are vital and undeniable”, Irvine explained.

“Senate District 8 is geographically unique and includes nearly a dozen ski resorts.  I am very familiar with the ski industry; I grew up in the ski resort town of Garmisch, Germany and I was a professional ski instructor.  Tourism and outdoor recreation is a vibrant part of Colorado; which includes hunting, fishing, rafting, etc.  I have heard the notion that tourism could replace monies lost in counties if the fossil fuel industry was put out of business.  This is an unreasonable suggestion.  I understand how different industries contribute to our economy and communities”, Irvine said.

“Some of my additional interests are education, where quality is in the forefront including a focus on vocational education; fire mitigation and forest health management; water rights; focus on mental health; creating an environment for small business and entrepreneurial growth; supporting agriculture and ranching; protecting our 2nd Amendment rights; and, of course, the specific concerns of each county”, Irvine said.

“I am a conservative and, as a fiscal conservative, I look at things pragmatically.  For instance, you may decide to loan money to a friend or family member to help them out of a bind.  If that person continues to come back to you for more financial support, you would be expectedly concerned and ask for an accounting of their spending.  I believe in approaching government spending of our money similarly”, Irvine noted.

“I look forward to traveling our district and learning of the concerns and suggestions from its people, businesses and government”.

“Debra Irvine’s campaign website is www.IrvineForColorado.com, which will be updated, to include details on issues, throughout the campaign.”