Windsor’s Ken Buck, R-Colo., will go back to Congress
November 12, 2016
Colorado's 4th Congressional District voters sent Republican incumbent Ken Buck of Windsor back to Congress.
The Colorado Secretary of State's website showed Buck with 63.8 percent of the statewide vote, and 62.8 percent of Weld County votes, soundly defeating his two challengers in the 4th Congressional District — which includes most of eastern Colorado.
Buck's challengers, Democrat Bob Seay and Libertarian Bruce Griffith, got 31.5 and 4.7 percent of the statewide vote respectively. In Weld County, Seay had 31.8 percent of the vote and Griffith had 5.3 percent.
Seay, a high school music teacher, felt the district wasn't fully represented by the leaders who don't address issues like poverty and the oil and gas industry.
Griffith, an engineer, advocated fixing the imbalance of trade, the federal deficit and Social Security.
Buck's re-election campaign proudly declared a platform of cutting government spending. The Windsor Republican campaigned on that point two years ago.
"I'm honored that the people of the 4th (Congressional District) have decided to send me back to D.C. It's a great job," Buck said. "I really believe the pressure is on Republicans now to get things done in a positive way. No longer are we the party of 'no;' now it's the party of opportunity and I'm really excited to be party of that."
With the election essentially behind him, he said now he has to get to work on finding a health-care system that works for America and find a way to deal with the country's immigration issue.
"I think the American people are giving us a chance. They have reacted to a failed Obama presidency by giving us a chance to govern and we have to succeed or they will take that opportunity away from us."
The 4th Congressional District is built on small businesses and the agriculture industry. Both areas have suffered on the regulatory weight of federal policies and with his re-election behind him; Buck said he wants to focus on helping those industries out from under those burdensome regulations.