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Steamboat resident wants to represent Eagle County in Statehouse

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Diane Mitsch Bush

EAGLE COUNTY – Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush has announced she is running this year to represent the new Colorado House District 26, which includes part of the mid-Roaring Fork Valley.

House District 26 comprises Routt and Eagle counties. It includes the El Jebel area, part of Basalt and portions of Missouri Heights and the Fryingpan Valley.

Bush is a Democrat from Steamboat Springs who is serving in her second term as a Routt County commissioner: “I’m proud of my work making Routt County a better place to live and keeping government accountable,” Bush said in a statement. “Mountain communities in Eagle and Routt counties need a strong Western Slope voice to help local families prosper.”

She was first elected as a county commissioner in 2006 with 58 percent of the vote. She ran unopposed in her 2010 re-election bid. She moved to Steamboat Springs in 1976. While a resident there, she was a tenured Colorado State University professor of sociology and social policy. She taught at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs until her retirement in 2005.

She served on the Routt County Planning Commission from 1996 to 2006.

Bush said she has worked on the local, regional and state levels to develop and fund transportation projects and transit options. She also helped Routt County balance its budget during Colorado’s economic downturn. She pushed energy-efficiency measures in county buildings to save money.

For more information about Bush’s campaign, visit

Redistricting this year splintered the Roaring Fork Valley, which used to be together in House District 61.

The new lines placed the middle Roaring Fork Valley with the rest of Eagle County in House District 26.

Pitkin County, with Aspen and Snowmass Village, is now part of a redrawn House District 61 along with Summit and Lake counties and portions of Gunnison and Delta counties. House District 56 incumbent Millie Hamner, a Democrat from Dillon, lives in the redrawn district and is making a bid for the new seat.

Garfield County, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, is now part of House District 57 along with Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. Incumbent Roger Wilson, a Democrat from the Glenwood Springs area, is not seeking re-election.

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