Perry Buck of Windsor retains House District 49 seat
November 12, 2016
From home in Windsor, Republican Perry Buck celebrated her re-election in House District 49 over a bowl of oatmeal with husband Ken Buck.
House District 49 covers roughly 2,500 square miles, including Larimer County outside Fort Collins and Loveland, and it includes Windsor and farms and several municipalities in west Weld County.
Final unofficial election results put Buck ahead of challenger Adrian "Buzz" Sweeney, 62.6 percent to 37.4 percent overall and 69 percent to 31 percent in Weld County.
"It's been a long election season and it's nice to know that at the end of this night it's over and everything is put away," she said.
Buck and challenger Sweeney disagreed on many issues this election, two of the most pronounced being the minimum wage and energy.
She said in a previous interview with The Tribune that she believes in all forms of energy, and doesn't want to further restrict the oil and gas industry in Colorado.
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She said she also feels that raising the minimum wage would be too hard on small businesses, who she feels struggle enough to pay for labor.
"It's heavy-handed," she said. "I think there is enough pressure out there for good employment, but to put a mandate on some of these small businesses that they spend more on labor, I don't think that's right."
Buck is optimistic about her next term, and she intends to focus on education, expanding Interstate 25 and housing, including offering more affordable housing options in her district.
"It looks like we're still going to be the minority in the House, but it does give balance," she said of early election results Tuesday. "I hope we are able to take the Senate to keep that balance: a Democratic house and a Republican senate."