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Publish Date: 8/9/2006

Levy apparent winner for House District 13


Democratic voters chose a private land-use attorney over a college political-communications instructor in the primary election contest for House District 13.

Lawyer Claire Levy, the apparent winner, declined Tuesday night to declare victory. “We’re still watching the results come in,” but “we’re pleased with what the numbers are so far.”

With 50 of 71 precincts reporting from the multiple-county House district, Levy had captured 67 percent of the votes to fellow Democrat Jim Rettew’s 33 percent, The Associated Press reported late Tuesday night.

“We all of us worked very hard on this,” said Levy, who like Rettew, is a westside Boulder resident.

“I’m pleased that the voters were receptive to what I was saying. I’m very eager to get started on all of the things that we were talking about.”

There is no Republican candidate for the House District 13 seat, which represents all of Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, as well as western and far northern Boulder County.

However, the seat also is being sought by Libertarian Rand Fanshier, a self-employed electronics engineer and manufacturing consultant who lives in rural Clear Creek County.

Fanshier lost an earlier bid for the House seat in 2004, when he was defeated by Nederland Democratic Rep. Tom Plant, who was barred by term limits from again seeking re-election this year.

When asked Tuesday night whether she expected the margin of primary-
election victory she appeared to be achieving, she said: “It’s always hard to know who’s going to actually vote, but from all the conversations I had with voters at their front doors, with voters on the telephone, I had a very good feeling.”

She said that in the general-election campaign, she thinks she’ll be able to carry her primary-campaign messages to Republicans, minor-party members and unaffiliated voters, since the things she’s been talking about — such as the need for health-insurance and energy reforms — are not just “Democratic issues.”

Levy has said she considers herself a problem solver, rather than a politician.

When it comes to public-policy discussions in the Legislature, “what I hope to do is broaden the tent,” Levy said, although she quickly added that “I don’t like using a tired expression like that.”

Fanshier, for his part, said in a statement earlier this week that when he talks to the residents of House District 13, “most of the people I speak to live here because they want to be free of the rat race, free of government micro-
management, and ... they love the gifts of nature and our natural environment.”

Added Fanshier: “I believe I am genuinely representative of this region of Colorado, and I promise a return to traditional American values of freedom, as guaranteed in the Constitution.”

John Fryar can be reached by e-mail at jfryar@times-call.com.

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