Steamboat Springs Breckenridge resident and former Cañon City council member Emily Tracy announced her plans Monday to run as a Democrat for the Senate District 8 seat that includes Routt County.
She has been a resident of Breckenridge for more than seven years.
“Year after year, rural and Western Slope Colorado struggle to have their voices heard in state government,” Tracy wrote in a news release. “We need to strengthen our collective efforts to preserve water resources and agricultural land, bring jobs to the region, protect our environment and ensure that our important tourism industry receives the support it needs.”
Following the legislative district reapportionment in 2011, Colorado Senate District 8 was realigned to comprise Summit, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties, in addition to Routt.
Republican State Sen. Jean White, of Hayden, currently holds the Senate District 8 seat. She will be opposed in the Republican primary process by House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, of Cowdrey, who was drawn out of his assembly district during the redistricting process.
Routt County Democratic Party Chairwoman Catherine Carson said Monday that she is not aware of any other candidates for the S.D. 8 seat from her party.
Tracy has experience in child welfare and adoption, and currently is employed by The Adoption Exchange. She worked four years for the Colorado Judicial Branch Office of Dispute Resolution, covering the counties of Senate District 8.
She has served 12 years on planning commissions, including the past six years on the Summit County Countywide Planning Commission, according to her news release. Tracy has connections to the business community through her work with the Summit Chamber of Commerce. She served five years as co-chairwoman of the Summit Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Council.
Tracy wrote in an e-mail that she will attend the Routt County Democratic Assembly on March 31.