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Jim O’Neill has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for state representative for House District 52 which covers the easterly half of Fort Collins and Old Town.
O’Neill, 63, is a 33 year resident of Fort Collins and is currently employed by the City of Fort Collins as the Director of Purchasing and Risk Management. O’Neill holds a BA and an MBA from Texas Tech University.
He is a past president of the Food Bank for Larimer County and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. He currently is member of the Eyeopeners Kiwanis club of Fort Collins. He is the proud father of two adult children and five grandchildren.
When asked why he is running he stated, “Number one is jobs. According to the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., Colorado ranks 47th out of the 50 states in the measure of tax burden on new businesses. In this economic environment, that is totally unacceptable!”
“In addition, I believe my leadership ability and my familiarity with the workings of city government can bring great perspective to state government. My expertise can help the state government find ways to work more effectively and efficiently. Third, I want to help find a permanent funding solution for our higher education system.”
The nominating assembly for House District 52 will take place on March 24.