A spirited three-way race in the 4th Congressional District features Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave defending her seat in Congress as the representative for the northern Front Range and much of the Eastern Plains.
Musgrave should be re-elected because she is a better fit for the 31,000-square-mile district than her opponents, Democratic state Rep. Angie Paccione of Fort Collins and Eric Eidsness, also of Fort Collins, a former Environmental Protection Agency appointee under Ronald Reagan, who is now running as a Reform Party candidate.
Voters who are more conservative will probably back Musgrave, but Paccione’s call for change will garner support. Eidsness calls himself “the man in the middle.”
Musgrave lists economic stimulation and job creation; more affordable health insurance; tax relief, including continued opposition to the death tax; border security; and immigration reform among her priorities.
Musgrave was born in Greeley and is a graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
If re-elected, Congresswoman Musgrave should give more attention to the highway needs of her district, including Interstate 25.
Musgrave, a former teacher and school board member from Fort Morgan, went on to serve in both houses of the General Assembly before being elected to Congress.
She has continued to win elections, which have generally been held in districts more favorable than not to her political philosophy. Specifically, there is a big Republican voter advantage in the 4th District.
Earlier in her career, Musgrave was known for extremely conservative stands on social issues, but she seems to have broadened her interests and priorities in recent years.
Musgrave’s support from the National Federation of Independent Businesses is worthy of mention because of the large number of small businesses in the 4th District and Colorado that need a representative in Congress who understands the challenges of running businesses and providing jobs and paychecks.
Musgrave also has received recognition for her work in agriculture, which is also very important to her district.
Paccione, a former professional basketball player and educator at Colorado State University, casts herself as an extremely effective state legislator.
The negative nature of some aspects of the campaign has been unfortunate.
Voters really are presented with contrasting views on several issues by the candidates.