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State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer enters GOP race for 8th District seat

By: - November 15, 2021 11:02 am
Barbara Kirkmeyer

Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer, a Brighton Republican, speaks on the House floor April 8, 2021. (Faith Miller/Colorado Newsline)

Republican State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer on Monday became the latest Republican candidate to launch a bid for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District, announcing her candidacy in an interview on conservative talk-radio station 710 KNUS.

A longtime former Weld County commissioner and state official under former GOP Gov. Bill Owens’ administration, Kirkmeyer was elected in 2020 to represent state Senate District 23, encompassing much of the area surrounding Interstate 25 between Denver and Fort Collins.

Colorado’s newly apportioned 8th Congressional District encompasses north Denver suburbs and parts of Weld County. (Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission)

Much of Kirkmeyer’s district is included within the boundaries for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District, which was apportioned to the state as a result of population growth and drawn by an independent redistricting panel earlier this year. The race for the new seat in the 2022 midterm elections is likely to be the most competitive in the state.

Kirkmeyer’s 2022 campaign is her second congressional bid. She previously ran for Colorado’s open 4th District seat in 2014, placing third in a GOP primary won by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck.

Also vying for the Republican nomination in the 8th District is former state Rep. Lori Saine, who was elected last year to the Weld County commissioner seat vacated by Kirkmeyer and announced her congressional bid earlier this month.

Saine and Kirkmeyer were on opposite sides of a bitter divide in Weld County GOP politics in 2020. Saine, a hard-line conservative voice during her time in the General Assembly, was among a slate of candidates backed by far-right groups like Rocky Mountain Gun Owners in the June primaries, while Kirkmeyer and other establishment candidates were supported by Weld Strong, a PAC funded by business and developer interests.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, state Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a Thornton pediatrician, announced her candidacy for the 8th District seat in August, and has picked up endorsements from many prominent statehouse Democrats.

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Chase Woodruff
Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

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