Carver, Klingenschmitt have comfortable State House leads

By: Stephen Hobbs 
and Emily Donovan, The Gazette
June 24, 2014 Updated: June 24, 2014 at 11:24 pm
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Republican Gordon Klingenschmitt and Democrat Lois Fornander will face off in the Nov. 4 Colorado State House District 15 election. Republican Terri Carver will run unopposed for House District 20.

State House District 15

Although only 290 votes separated the candidates at press time, Gordon Klingenschmitt appeared in line to win the Colorado House of Representatives District 15 race against Dave Williams.

“I’m very humbled by the support of the voters,” said Klingenschmitt when he was reached by phone Tuesday night. “This was their campaign.”

Klingenschmitt, a chaplain and Air Force Academy graduate, was with volunteers and supporters at the El Paso County Republican Party headquarters. By 9:30 p.m. he had 52.5 percent of the vote.

Williams, a vice president of logistics at his family’s company, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He could not be reached for comment.

Klingenschmitt qualified for the primary ballot after receiving 71 percent of the vote from delegates at the El Paso County Republican assembly in March. Williams petitioned to be on the primary ballot, after collecting more than 1,000 signatures.

If Klingenschmitt retains his lead he will face Fornander in November. She was unopposed in her bid for the Democratic nomination.

“The voters are rising up with me to defend the First Amendment, religious freedom, smaller government, lower taxes and the right to life,” Klingenschmitt said. “And those are the values I will fight for in Denver.”

State House District 20

Carver was comfortably ahead in the Republican primary for State House of Representatives District 20 with 37 percent of 10,409 votes counted at press time.

Carver was an Air Force attorney for 29 years, focusing on environmental compliance and natural resource management at military installations. Her campaign promised to limit government regulation on small businesses, oppose Obamacare, protect gun rights and support oil and gas drilling as well as coal and natural gas fuels. Carver said her campaign was successful because of dedicated volunteers who helped her reach out and listen to Republicans in her district. She held 40 neighborhood meetings, walked door to door and called voters.

Kay Rendleman, Carver’s campaign manager, said people voted for Carver because of her passion for cutting government regulations and serving the public.

“She has that servant’s heart,” Rendleman said.

Once in office, Carver said she plans to advocate against federal Common Core education standards and for mitigation and flood prevention efforts.

“I am committed to working with city, county and public officials to come up with solutions to those problems that really are an imminent threat,” she said.

Since there is no Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives District 20, Carver will run unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election.

“This is probably one of the safest house districts for Republicans in the state,” said Don McCurdy, Republic House District 20 chairman.

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