Vicki Marble wins another four-year term in Colorado Senate District 23
November 12, 2016
The race for Colorado's Senate District 23 wrapped up Tuesday with Republican incumbent Vicki Marble winning another four-year term in the Colorado State Senate, beating out Democratic challenger T.J. Cole.
Unofficial results show Marble won with 58 percent of the vote. Cole had 42 percent of the vote, according to the Colorado Secretary of State's election results.
The district spans roughly 60 miles along the Front Range, and includes portions of Weld, Larimer and Broomfield counties. Interstate 25 is the district's main artery and it connects the three cities and 10 towns in the area.
Specifically in Weld County, Marble netted 64.4 percent of the vote, with Cole taking 35.6 percent, according to final unofficial results.
Both candidates cited I-25 as one of the district's main problems. Cole said he wanted to create a forum in which private companies, residents and government entities could interact, called the District 23 Council, to help address the issue.
For her part, Marble said earlier in the campaign she felt progress on the highway had been hobbled by complications surrounding federal money, and wanted to find more ways to keep tax dollars in Colorado.
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In addition to working to improve public transportation along the 60-mile stretch of District 23, Marble also said she wants to make the district a friendlier place for small business. This will help grow jobs in the area, she said.
"Regulatory agencies have long been a thorn in the side of small businesses across the state," Marble said through email, adding she helped pass a bill streamlining how agencies interact with businesses.
Marble caused controversy when, at a 2013 committee meeting for the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, she made comments to the effect that more African-Americans are unhealthy in America in part because of friend chicken, and that Mexicans eat fresh vegetables in Mexico, but stop when they emigrate to America.
Unofficial results indicate she rose above that spot on her tenure in office to win another four-year term in office.