GREELEY — Citing her signature-collecting efforts in her bid for Congress, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer removed her name from nomination at the 4th Congressional District Republican Assembly last week.
Kirkmeyer did, however, meet with delegates at the meeting and explain her motivations for seeking the seat held by Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running for U.S. Senate.
“When I announced on Caucus Night my candidacy to represent you in Congress, I said that I wanted voters to have a choice,” said Kirkmeyer. “No one, neither here in Colorado or in Washington, D.C., has a right to dictate to the voters of the 4th Congressional District who will represent them, and I think it is important to give voters as many options as possible when making this important decision.”
Weld County District Attorney had previously dropped his bid for the U.S. Senate and opted to file for the 4th Congressional District Race when Gardner entered the race against current U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. State Sen. Scott Renfroe, also vying for the CD4 GOP nomination, bested Buck for the top line on the primary ballot at the assembly.
Kirkmeyer spoke about her background as well as her experience as a small-business owner and as a dairy farmer.
“We all know the vital role that agriculture plays in the 4th Congressional District. The economic driver of our community is fueled by the family farmers in Weld County and across the eastern plains. I understand agriculture better than anyone in this race. I was raised on a dairy farm, and I raised my kids on a dairy farm,” Kirkmeyer said. “In Congress, I’ll fight for agriculture and take on the radical groups who are attempting to put us out of business.”
Kirkmeyer re-emphasized her belief that voters should have a choice, part of her reason to remove her name from nomination.
“Elections should be about choices, and I want voters to have as many choices as possible in our Republican primary. Therefore, due to the fact that we have already qualified for the ballot, I respectfully decline to have my name placed in nomination, and release my delegates to vote how they choose,” Kirkmeyer said.