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State Senate freshman to focus on economy

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By Ben Wiebesiek

In January, a new crop of legislators will arrive at the state Capitol, and in the Senate, Dacono, Frederick and Firestone will be represented by Fort Collins businesswoman Vicki Marble.
    With more than 60 percent of the vote, Republican Marble handily won Senate District 23, which runs south along the Interstate 25 corridor.
    Marble could have credited her campaign for the large win on solid endorsements from the American Family Alliance or influential conservatives such as Dick Morris.


    But Marble strikes a decidedly modest tone when she reflects on the victory over Broomfield Democrat Lee Kemp.
    “The high margin is due to the number of registered Republicans in the Weld County portion of Senate District 23 who came out to vote,” Marble said. “Senate District 23 has very good numbers for Republicans in Weld County.”
    At the top of her priorities, Marble wants to see Colorado make a faster recovery from the recent economic downturn.
     “Colorado is 50th in economic recovery in the Nation. We have seven Counties in Colorado with unemployment over 19.5 percent,” Marble said. “Jobs and the economy are items at the top of my list. There are many ways to address this issue. One would be to roll back unnecessary regulation on small business to help create more jobs. Water storage, good roads to transport commerce and keep up with our growing population, reliable/affordable/ abundant energy are also high priority.”
    With her district straddling the high-growth corridor along the interstate, Marble wants to emphasize what can be done to help the private sector.
    “Opportunity abounds when people have the freedom to explore potential business ventures and build those businesses,” Marble said. “The challenge is creating a friendlier, consistent and positive business climate for all Coloradoans on all levels. Government should never pick and choose winners and losers in business. That should be determined through free markets.”
    Democrats control both houses of the Colorado Legislature — along with Gov. John Hickenlooper on the executive side — so Marble will have to move her agenda forward within the restraints of the minority party. But she sees a lot of ways the two parties can work together.
    “As legislators, both Republican and Democrat, we have to realize that many of our Government policies are not working for the people,” Marble said. “The proof is in our failing economy. Coloradoans deserve better. As legislators, the people are our focus and it is our job to make sure we deliver to them the opportunity to work and make a living. As legislators, it is important to remind ourselves everyday who we serve. It is the people of our state. With that in mind, perhaps we can come to a common ground and grow a better Colorado for all of us.”

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.