Scott will try to replace Sen. King in Statehouse
Rep. Ray Scott is the first domino to fall in the gap created by Sen. Steve King’s decision Thursday to run for Mesa County Sheriff.
The Grand Junction Republican said he will announce later today his intention to replace King in the Colorado Senate, which will leave open the House District 55 seat he currently holds.
“I’ve represented (HD) 54 for a couple of years and now I’ve represented (HD) 55, so it seems like a natural step to represent the entire area because I’ve done it,” Scott said. “People have encouraged me to do it, so I guess I’m going to go ahead and do it.”
Scott was first elected to the Colorado House in 2010, when King left that seat to go to the Senate. At the time, HD54 stretched from the eastern side of Grand Junction to the Grand Mesa to the western end of Delta County.
But when legislative district lines were redrawn in 2011, Scott became the representative for HD55, which primarily includes the entire city. The redrawn HD54, now represented by freshman Rep. Jared Wright, includes the rest of the county and the western half of Delta County.
“I personally feel like we have a great shot at getting a majority in the Senate because of all kinds of factors,” Scott said. “There’s a lot of things we could get accomplished if we could get a majority there.”
Democrats now hold a five-seat lead in the 35-member Senate. As a result, the GOP only needs to win three seats to get the majority, and are hopeful that two of them will turn later this year.
That’s because Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, both Democrats, will face recall elections in September, primarily over their votes in favor of controversial gun-control bills approved by the Legislature this year.
To date, no one else has announced an intention to challenge Scott, either as another Republican in a primary race or a Democrat in the general election.
Still, there are a few Democrats whose names have surfaced as possible replacements to Scott in his House seat, including Grand Junction attorney Dan Robinson, who lost a bid for that same seat in last year’s elections.