Mike Foote to Complete Matt Jones’ Senate Term for Eastern Boulder County
Colorado State Rep. Mike Foote will serve out the remainder of a vacated seat in the state Senate after gaining a landslide victory during a vacancy committee meeting on Saturday morning.
“I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to continue serving Boulder County,” Foote said in an interview following thevote. “I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish over the next two years.”
Foote will serve out the remaining two year term for state Sen. Matt Jones, who was elected in November to the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners, District 3.
Foote took nearly 74 percent of the 132 votes cast on Saturday morning during gathering of the vacancy committee made up of Democratic Party’s Senate District 17 Central Committee at Sunset Middle School in Longmont.
Senate District 17 represents Louisville, Lafayette, the Boulder County portions of Longmont and Erie and unincorporated Boulder County areas between those communities.
Annmarie Jensen, a former lobbyist, took slightly more than 22 percent of the vote. Kris Wassell, a Boulder County Assessor’s Office employee, and Andrew O’Connor, an unsuccessful candidate for the Lafayette City Council, came in a distant third and fourth.
Foote, who unsuccessfully ran for Boulder County District Attorney, will end a six-year run as a state representative for District 12 when he assumes the Senate seat in January.
He said he plans on introducing as one of his first five bills, a ban on bumpstocks, a device used to allow a semi-automatic rifle to be fired as if it were fully automatic.”
He added that he also plans on introducing campaign finance reform and oil and gas legislation at some point during the upcoming legislative session.
During an introductory speech, Foote said he would “continue to fight fracking” in Colorado, work toward making health care more affordable in the state, alleviate the struggle for affordable housing and support teachers.
“We’ve accomplished things, but I think we can do better,” he said. “I’m very excited about our ability to do better with these things and enact a fully progressive agenda now that we have a newly elected progressive governor for the state of Colorado, Jared Polis, and a state House majority of Democrats and a state Senate majority of Democrats.”
He said during a phone interview that he doesn’t know if he will seek reelection in 2020.
“One step at a time,” he said. “It’s way too early.”
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