First-time state House candidate guns for McLachlan’s seat

First-time state House candidate guns for McLachlan’s seat

Marilyn Harris and Barbara McLachlan Marilyn Harris, a Republican political newcomer, is making a play – and throwing a few barbs along the way – for incumbent Democrat Barbara McLachlan’s seat in the Colorado House of Representatives this November. McLachlan has represented House District 59, which includes six southern Colorado counties, for four years. While her opponent has never held public office, Harris has spent years close to politics through Republican women’s associations. The two candidates differ in experience and policy, but on a few issues, they have similar ideas. “Stopping the one-party rule in Colorado, by restoring balance in our Legislature, is the No. 1 priority and that starts with making a change in House District 59,” Harris wrote in an email to The Durango Herald after declining a phone interview. The Democratic Party controls the governor’s office and both houses of the Legislature. “The disagreements in the Capitol are not between Democrats and Republicans, they are between urban and rural residents,” McLachlan said. “Denver might be doing very well, but our little counties down here, if we’re short $1,000 in the budget, that’s a big deal.” McLachlan, a Durango resident, is a former Herald journalist and teacher at Durango High School. Her husband, Mike McLachlan, has previously held the House District 59 seat. McLachlan In the last legislative session, she served as chairperson of the House Education Committee. She proposed 11 bills, six of which became law. She casts herself as a rural Colorado advocate who works […]

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