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Shane Sandridge picked by GOP vacancy committee to fill state Rep. Dan Nordberg’s term

Author: Ernest Luning - December 21, 2017 - Updated: December 22, 2017

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State Rep.-designee Shane Sandridge and state Rep. Dan Nordberg, both Colorado Springs Republicans, smile after Sandridge was selected by a GOP vacancy committee to fill the remainder of Nordberg's term representing House District 14 on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Colorado Springs. Nordberg is stepping down from the Legislature to serve as regional administrator for the Small Business Administration. (Photo courtesy Colorado GOP)State Rep.-designee Shane Sandridge and state Rep. Dan Nordberg, both Colorado Springs Republicans, smile after Sandridge was selected by a GOP vacancy committee to fill the remainder of Nordberg’s term representing House District 14 on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Colorado Springs. Nordberg is stepping down from the Legislature to serve as regional administrator for the Small Business Administration. (Photo courtesy Colorado GOP)

A Republican vacancy committee on Thursday elected Shane Sandridge, a Colorado Springs investment consultant and former police officer, to become the next representative of state House District 14. Sandridge will replace state Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, who is stepping down in January to take a job as regional administrator of the Small Business Administration.

The 45-member vacancy committee took two rounds of balloting to hand a majority to Sandridge, who had 23 votes to Anita Miller’s 20 votes, and Aaron Novy’s 2 votes. David Kelly and Anthony Perez were also candidates for the seat.

Describing himself as a constitutional conservative, Sandridge said he believes government needs to “stay out of your way.” He said when he announced his campaign for the vacancy he intends to focus on expanding Interstate 25 and other transportation issues, encouraging growth in the economy, preventing crime and suicide, and reducing the size of government.

“We must be tough on crime,” said Sandridge, who served as a police officer on the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Missouri, and worked as a child clinical psychotherapist for children with criminal tendencies, in a campaign statement. “I have seen drugs decimate a community.  I have witnessed weak laws provide an opening to criminals. I understand how poor educational and family structures influence criminality.  We must recognize how some progressive policies actually attract crime.”

Describing his approach to the Legislature, Sandridge said in a statement: “More government control means less liberty. Lets keep government small and broaden the free market, refine regulation, trust our families and business owners to know what is best for them, decrease political correctness, while increasing common sense policies, all while expanding liberty in House District 14.”

Nordberg was serving his third term representing the El Paso County district, which is heavily Republican. He’s the ranking Republican on the House Business Affairs and Labor committee.

It’s the third vacancy in the Legislature since the regular session ended in May. State Rep. Judy Reyher, R-Swink, was sworn in Monday to fill the term of former state Rep. Clarice Navarro, a Pueblo Republican, who stepped down last month to run the Colorado Farm Service Agency. State Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Eagle, was elected in October to take over for former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat, who resigned to campaign full-time for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.