The Senate District 5 Vacancy Committee on Saturday selected outgoing Rep. Perry Will (R-Newcastle) to replace Sen. Bob Rankin, who announced his resignation last month on Tuesday, Jan. 10, R-Carbondale. bottom. By Will’s selection, the General Assembly is fully complemented by his 100 members.
Will ran for a second term in the House of Representatives in November, losing to Democrat Elizabeth Belasco by 7 percent. Will was nominated to the 57th House of Representatives seat in February 2019. This was after Rankin, then a member of the House of Representatives, was elected to the Senate by a vacancy committee, and Randy of R-Hot Sulfur Springs was selected to replace Senator Baumgardner, who had resigned from his seat.
Senate District 5, redrawn by the Redistricting Commission in 2021, includes Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale, and parts of Eagle, Garfield, Montrose, and Delta counties. is included. Will will run for the Senate in 2024.
Will was a former wildlife officer for the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife.
In addition to Will, Glenwood Springs attorney Zachary Parsons ran.
according to Will won the first ballot, according to a news release from the SD5 vacancy committee. According to a tweet from Rep. Matt Soper of R-Delta, Will received 17 votes to Parsons’ two votes.
We have a new state senator!Congratulations Senator Perry Will pic.twitter.com/jxQ8DVh43M
— Principal Matt Soper (@SoperMatthew) January 7, 2023
The vacant seat committee, made up of district officers from the seven counties that make up Senate 5th District, county Republican Speaker, Vice-Speaker, Clerk, and Republican state representatives residing within Senate 5th District, heard lengthy presentations. rice field. According to the news release, there will be questions from two candidates and a Q&A period for each candidate.
Philip Vaughan of Garfield County, chairman of the Republican Senate District 5 Vacancy Committee, said, “The vacancy committee has implemented a transparent process regarding the selection of Senate seats for District 5. We are Perry. “We are thrilled to welcome Will as our new state senator and look forward to his representation in this important next legislative session.”