Scott wins re-election in HD 55
Rep. Ray Scott easily won re-election to the Colorado House on Tuesday.
As of 11 p.m., the freshman Republican held a 20 percentage-point lead over Grand Junction attorney Dan Robinson. Scott ended up winning the race with a comfortable 58 percent to Robinson’s 38 percent, with Libertarian Virgil Fenn taking up the rest. Scott received 18,322 votes compared to 12,039 for Robinson.
But Scott won’t be returning to the Legislature as a member of the majority party. That’s because the Democrats took control of the 65-member chamber, surpassing the minimum 33 seats needed to have a majority.
Regardless, Scott said he’s ready to work with whomever is in control.
“Some of the things we need to do we shouldn’t have a problem with,” he said. “But some will depend on just who’s in charge.”
Scott said some of the measures he intends to introduce should go over just as well with Democrats as they do with Republicans.
That includes a measure to do away with the state’s public trustees, extending the state’s homestead exemption to seniors forced to move for health reasons and a bill designed to boost the compressed natural gas industry for use in vehicles.
Beyond that, one of the biggest issues will be over the state’s budget, Scott said.
While the governor has proposed a modest budget, Scott said he doesn’t get the last word on the state’s spending plan, the Legislature does.
And if the Democrats do win control of both chambers, they will have a greater say in how much is spent and on what.
“Until we see it, we’re just going to have to go through it line by line to see what we’re up against,” Scott said of that budget. “It’s such a wait-and-see game right now.”
Robinson said while he had hoped to win more votes in the race, he hopes at least that Scott will learn something from the outcome.
“If he were to look, as I think a good representative should, at the number of people who voted against him and the number of people who didn’t vote, he would determine he has no mandate at all,” Robinson said. “He ought to take heed of the message of the number of people who don’t feel he represents them, and he ought to listen to them.”