Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 13, 20185min753
State Rep. Brittany Pettersen was pleased after Gov. John Hickenlooper finished his State of the State address Thursday. He, Senate President Kevin Grantham and House Speaker Crisanta Duran agreed with her: Something must be done about Colorado’s opioid abuse epidemic. Each of the leaders made finding answers a priority. “We really have all of our […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 21, 20173min4397

A Republican vacancy committee on Thursday elected Shane Sandbridge, a Colorado Springs investment consultant and former police officer, to become the next representative of 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.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 13, 20175min885

Pueblo Republican Tamra Axworthy said Tuesday she's done contesting the legislative vacancy election won last month by Judy Reyher and probably won't challenge Reyher in a primary — even while charging Reyher was "selected under a cloud of suspicion" and ripping the former Otero County GOP chair for "embarrass[ing] our party with racially charged offensive remarks."


Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 1, 201713min5104

The aftershocks were still coming days after a Republican vacancy committee picked a replacement for former state Rep. Clarice Navarro, the Pueblo Republican who resigned to take a position with the Trump administration in early November. Judy Reyher, a Swink resident and former Otero County GOP chair, won the appointment to Navarro’s seat on a 6-5 vote when the House District 47 panel met Monday night in Fowler, about half way between Pueblo and La Junta in southeast Colorado, but that was only the beginning.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 28, 20172min2202

Fifth-generation southeast Coloradan Judy Reyher will take the baton from third-term Pueblo Republican state Rep. Clarice Navarro, who resigned her office earlier this month after being appointed executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency by the Trump administration. Reyher was chosen to succeed the high-profile Navarro in House District 47 by a vacancy committee Monday. From a press statement:

Delegates and Republicans from across House District 47 gathered in Fowler Monday night, at the Blackburn Community Center, to fill the vacancy established by the resignation of former State Representative Clarice Navarro. Two candidates were seeking the office, Tamra Axworthy of Pueblo and Judy Reyher of Swink. In a vote of 6-5, Judy Reyher came out as the night’s victor and will be finishing out Navarro’s term.

According to Reyher’s website, the Trinidad native, now of Swink (population 592), was heavily involved in 4-H in her youth and is a graduate of Southern Colorado State College (now CSU-Pueblo). She is a small-business owner and lifelong Republican. Here’s more:

As a business owner, Judy understands the importance of the free market with common sense government regulation to foster a vibrant economy in Colorado. …

And this:

… Been around agriculture, horses, and rodeo entire life

Another voice for ag at the Capitol, to be sure. She also has an extensive background as an activist in the state and local GOP and, among other posts, served 10 years as chair of the Otero County Republican Party.