4th Congressional District primary: Kirkmeyer says she’s most in step with the district
June 3, 2014
Name: Barbara Kirkmeyer
Occupation: Weld County commissioner
Born: Wheat Ridge
Political Background: Weld County commissioner 1993-2000; Colorado Gov. Bill Owens cabinet (Executive Director – Department of Local Affairs; Weld County commissioner 2009-present
Education: University of Colorado (Bachelor of science in physical education – 1980)
Family: Randy and Katee (Kirkmeyer) Pevler, grandsons Preston (3) and Paxton (1 1/2); Casey and Caroline (Kirkmeyer) Maxwell
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, volunteering at the Fort in Fort Lupton, watching football, sewing and playing with my grandsons
Kyle Saunders, political analyst from Colorado State University, and Dick Wadhams, former Colorado GOP chairman and Republican consultant, have analyzed the candidates for the Republican primary election on June 24 for the 4th Congressional District. Today they weigh in on Barbara Kirkmeyer.
Saunders: “It will take a miracle for Kirkmeyer to have an impact on this race.”
Wadhams: “She’s obviously a very credible and strong candidate. The question is will her contacts among county commissioners and locally elected officials throughout the district translate into Republican primary votes? She’s kind of got the same challenge as Renfroe going beyond her popularity with a certain group of very active individuals in the district to a broader set of voters. She does have visibility throughout the district with those locally elected officials.”
Pros: Her strong contacts with county commissioners throughout the 4th CD will help. Experience as an elected official as Weld County commissioner and at the state government with the Department of Local Affairs shows her diversity. Talks about being fiscally responsible during her time as county commissioner and has the record to back it up.
Cons: Raised the least amount of money after the first quarter, which could be a concern in getting her name out.
QUESTION: Why do you feel you are the best candidate?
ANSWER: I am the one candidate who most closely matches the district, both in terms of experience and in terms of philosophy. In this district that is heavily reliant on agriculture, I am the one candidate who was raised on a dairy farm, who raised my kids on a dairy farm, and who works every day to defend family farmers from governmental overreach. I have a strong background in small business, having started and operated a florist shop with my sister for 15 years. And as a Weld County commissioner, I've worked closely with the energy industry in defense of their rights to safely and efficiently produce oil and natural gas that benefits our region, our state and our country.
Q: What are you most proud of in your professional life?
A: As a commissioner, I am very proud that we have always balanced our budgets, without raising taxes or imposing a sales tax. In fact, we send money back to taxpayers each year. And over the last 10 years have returned more than $278 million to Weld County taxpayers. We do this by making smart decisions, eliminating waste, and remembering that ultimately the money belongs to taxpayers, not to us. I'm going to bring this same approach to Congress.
Q: What issues do you think are the most important in your district and what will you do to address them?
A: Agriculture is a huge part of our economy, and unfortunately, the Obama Administration's EPA and radical groups like HSUS have threatened the ability of our family farms to stay afloat. I will be a strong defender of family farmers and fight to stop overregulation and harassment by Obama's bureaucrats. I am also very concerned that our energy producers are being demonized by left-wing environmentalists, which is why I have always defended responsible energy exploration and fracking. I will fight back against any attempts by Congress or the Obama Administration to interfere with the rights of energy producers and private property owners.
Q: Do you feel there is a disconnect between voters and elected officials? If so, how can that be changed?
A: Yes, I feel there is a disconnect. It can be changed by doing exactly what I am doing, and have always done … going door to door, visiting with voters, community leaders, families and small business owners. I've met with hundreds of voters throughout the 4th Congressional District already, and I'll continue to visit with them even after I've been elected. You can never stop listening, and my promise to voters is that I'll continue to be present in your communities and listen to your concerns as a candidate and, soon, as your representative in Congress.