Scanlan wins State House re-election
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Summit County Democrat Christine Scanlan won another term in the State House of Representatives Tuesday.
Scanlan will be entering her fourth legislative session representing House District 56, which includes Eagle, Summit and Lake counties.
Unofficial results at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday showed Scanlan had 4,838 votes in Eagle County, compared to Irvine’s 4,562. Scanlan collected 6,043 of the 9,649 votes cast in Summit County, and also outpaced Irvine in Lake County, where she garnered 1,314 votes compared to Irvine’s 813.
As Scanlan learned of her re-election Tuesday night, she said she felt really good knowing that the voters within her district think she’s doing a good job representing them.
“It’s really rewarding,” Scanlan said. “It’s a pretty personal race – you’re working on issues that are important to the people in your district.”
Republican challenger and small business proponent Debra Irvine, also of Summit County, said she’s happy with her performance in the election.
“I did want to serve my district and I did want to serve my community and I just felt like somebody needed to step up,” Irvine said. “To go from relatively unknown, I think that we made a point. I wanted to be a voice for the taxpayer and small business and I think that I was.”
Scanlan said she’s going to focus on three main issues heading into the next legislative session – preserving state tourism funding, finding short-term fixes for traffic on Interstate 70 and continuing to improve education.
She said she also plans to continue pushing for more federal funding to fight the local bark beetle epidemic.
Irvine said she’ll be watching Scanlan’s voting record to see if she’s voting in favor of the taxpayer and in favor of small business.
“That was one of the things that we wanted to point out was that her voting record didn’t show that,” Irvine said.
Irvine said that while she was disappointed in her defeat, she plans to run again.
“It was the first time that I’ve ever run and it’s been wonderful,” she said. “Meeting the people has been the best part.”
Scanlan, a small business owner, said she’s happy the anxiety of the campaign is now over and that she can now get back to work.
Summit Daily Reporter Aaron Burnett contributed to this story.
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