Lundberg launches GOP bid for treasurer
Another GOP candidate has put his horse in the race for Colorado State Treasurer.
Republican state Sen. Kevin Lundberg stopped in Grand Junction’s Hawthorne Park on Saturday morning as part of the announcement tour he’s planned for his candidacy.
Lundberg, who was born and raised on the Front Range and now lives outside of Berthoud, in Larimer County, has spent the past 15 years in the state Legislature — making him the most politically experienced candidate in the pool — and he prides himself as being in small business in Colorado for 50 years, mostly in media production.
He’s also the chairman of Senate Appropriations and a member of the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly, a position that he said gives him a thorough knowledge of state monetary issues.
Lundberg is the fourth Republican candidate to join the primary for treasurer. He will compete with fellow GOP candidates Justin Everett, Polly Lawrence and Brita Horn in the primary.
The only Democratic candidate to run for the job so far is state Rep. Steve Lebsock.
Lundberg’s signature campaign message is that he’s “here to protect your wallet,” a phrase he tends to say while holding his own wallet out in front of him. He says he thinks Colorado’s treasurer needs to be “a spokesperson for the people.”
“The treasurer’s full-time job is to keep an eye on the finances of the state,” Lundberg said, adding that he would see his responsibility as treasurer to be a “watchdog” over the government’s spending, which will in turn protect the taxpayer.
He also said he strongly supports the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and would work to ensure that funds from PERA, the Public Employee’s Retirement Association, are “secure for generations,” which would require “more prudent planning” than is currently in place.
Lundberg came into town Saturday morning after staying overnight in Glenwood Springs. The previous day he had stopped in Idaho Springs, Dillon and Vail, and he was headed to Montrose, Ouray and Gunnison after leaving Grand Junction.
As for the rest of his campaign, Lundberg said he plans to keep it “grassroots.” He said he always spends less money than his competitors on the campaign trail, because he likes to focus on “individuals in every county.”
“They’re the ones who vote,” Lundberg said.