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Chaffee County resident Erin Kelley, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for Colorado House District 60, saying her focus is broadband internet, childcare, education, fiscal responsibility and healthcare.

Erin Kelley

“I am running for representative because I feel passionately that our government needs to remove the barriers that hurt our neighbors, working families and students,” said the Colorado native, a Salida resident since 2015.

“My focus is on assisting the families in our community who deserve more from their leaders – greater access to broadband internet, more solutions to the lack of reliable childcare, more funding for education and teacher salaries, and more transparency around healthcare billing. I am confident my experience in both the Florida House and Senate has prepared me to effectively move bills through the legislative process and make a difference for those in our district.”

As a legislative analyst for the Florida legislature from 2007 to 2011, Kelley developed requirements for the Florida Senate’s Leagis Bill Information System, tracked bills and applied appropriate legislative actions to each bill’s history, recorded chamber floor actions in real time, and assisted the public and legislators with requested bill history reports, sponsorship report requests and statistics.

Kelley said her community-focused platforms as a candidate for Colorado House District 60 include expanding access to broadband internet and preserving internet neutrality; increasing access to affordable, high-quality childcare options; and building an education system that benefits communities across the district. She also wants to prioritize fiscal responsibility and adequate distribution of state resources across rural communities and bring greater transparency and accessibility to healthcare across the state.

Currently an administrative coordinator for the Salida Fire Department and South Arkansas Fire Protection District, Kelley said she brings a relevant educational background and years of hands-on political experience from her time at the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Legislature to her campaign.

Kelley is active in community causes and is an outspoken supporter of increasing  transparency and civility in local politics. She has vowed to run a “clean” campaign against the incumbent Republican candidate.