Democrats elected in 2 state legislative districts that include Westside areasNov. 7, 2018
In Nov. 6 election races directly affecting the Westside, the Democrat candidates easily prevailed in Colorado House District 18 (Marc Snyder) and Colorado Senate District 11 (Pete Lee).
According to unofficial tallies from the El Paso County Election Office, Snyder defeated Republican Mary Elizabeth Fabian and Independent Maile Foster with
Taking office in 2019, Snyder will serve a two-year term and Lee a four-year term.
The two winners, both lawyers, are new to their respective positions, but not to local politics.
Snyder is the former mayor of Manitou Springs. He will take over the HD 18 state representative job from Lee, the incumbent, whose fourth term (eight years in all) is ending. Eight years is the maximum allowed under state term-limitation laws.
The SD 11 opening came about because Democrat incumbent Michael Merrifield is also term-limited as he wraps up his second four-year term as D-11 state senator..
Before that, Merrifield had served eight years as HD 18 state rep, with Lee moving into that slot with the 2010 election.
Although not identical in configuration, HD 18 and SD 11 contain many of the same precincts in horizontal swathes across Colorado Springs that include
In furthering their party's grip on those two districts, Lee and Snyder contributed to a statewide success for Democrats this election that featured keeping the governor's seat with newly elected Jared Polis and taking back the State Senate majority.
In an election-night statement, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll asserted that “the voters of Colorado sent a clear message that they endorse Senate Democrats' forward-looking agenda… We're excited for the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and accomplish great things for the hardworking people of Colorado.”
Through a pre-election questionnaire sent to all of the HD 18 and SD 11 candidates, the Westside Pioneer had attempted to learn their basic political positions. However, neither Snyder nor Lee sent back responses. (See Pioneer article at this link.)
Another election result with implications for the Westside was statewide voters' rejection of two transportation-related propositions (109 and 110). In a Pioneer interview before the election, a Colorado Department of Transportation official had said that passage of either proposition would have freed up at least $75 million for improvements to Westside Highway 24 (compared with about $3 million currently anticipated for 2019).
Westside Pioneer article