Republican Vicki Marble, who earlier had announced her candidacy for Colorado House District 49, withdrew from that race in favor of a run for the open seat in Senate District 23.
Perry Buck, also a Republican and wife of Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, announced her bid for HD 49 on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
“Perry and I are just so aligned on the issues, it doesn’t make sense to go through a primary fight and split the vote,” Marble told the North Forty News.
She made her formal announcement at the Larimer County Republican Central Committee meeting Jan. 12, where the party chose Michael Fassi as its new chairman.
“Everybody wants what’s best for small business,” Marble said. “We need to get some deregulation – it’s just killing us – and we haven’t been feeling the love from the Legislature lately. I look forward to working with Perry.”
Republican Shawn Mitchell currently holds the SD 23 seat, but is term-limited at the end of this year. Glenn Vaad, a Weld County Republican who represents HD 48, announced his candidacy for the senate seat in December. Marble’s entry into the race will set up a primary contest with Vaad.
Under recently redrawn district maps, SD 23 now covers Larimer County east of Fort Collins and western Weld County south to Broomfield County. Marble said she had to check with the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder to verify that her residence, about a mile from the Interstate 25/Highway 14 interchange, is actually in SD 23.
The redrawn boundaries, approved by the Colorado Supreme Court in December, placed current HD 49 Rep. B.J. Nikkel in neighboring HD 51, which is represented by fellow Republican Brian DelGrosso. There has been no announcement from either lawmaker of their election plans.
“I will continue B.J.’s work on small business and agriculture issues, especially on water, and all the good things she has done for veterans,” Marble said. Her son, Nathan Donoho, served for 4 and a half years in the Marine Corps and is now with Global Integrated Security, a contractor for the U.S. State Department.
Her older son, Aaron Donoho, is her business partner in Donoho’s Beer and Spirits near I-25 on Mulberry Street in Fort Collins. A 34-year resident of Larimer County, Montana native Marble also has experience in the beef cattle, feedlot and trucking industries.
She currently serves on the Eighth Judicial District Commission and the Larimer County Rural Land Use Board.