Democrat Jariah Walker, who will oppose incumbent Republican County Commissioner Peggy Littleton in the race for District 5 released an updated list of supporters yesterday. One stood out: Suzi Bach, identified only as the “president, Ramsgate Management Services.”
Does this mean that Mr. Bach, aka Mayor Steve Bach, is about to jump on the Democratic bandwagon? Not likely – the mayor is a traditional conservative Republican in a non-partisan office. As such, he’s not likely to involve himself directly in local partisan politics.
Here’s what Suzi Bach said in endorsing Walker, as reported by his campaign.
“I’ve known Jariah and his family for more than 25 years,” says Suzi Bach. “I am impressed by Jariah’s commitment to building a better community. His professionalism, enthusiasm and integrity define him as both a business and nonprofit leader.”
Suzi Bach continues that Jariah is exactly the kind of leader that this region needs: a young, energetic and moderate voice who will work with anyone who wants to improve El Paso County.
“It’s important that we see more young professionals in leadership
roles in our community,” she says. “Jariah will bring fresh ideas
and a community-minded, pro-job agenda to our board of county
commissioners. I am proud to endorse Jariah Walker.”
Unseating Littleton won’t be easy. In 2010, she trounced former State Rep. Michael Merrifield with 60 percent of the vote. To prevail, Walker will need every Democrat, a majority of unaffiliated voters, and plenty of Republicans in his column.
Can he do it? He’ll be aided by his deep roots in the community (especially the business community) his uncommon energy and his obvious intelligence.
The Maketa scandal may have an effect, although Littleton has done her best to distance herself from the sheriff, having cannily called for his resignation before her colleagues had weighed in on the subject.
If Walker can pull this off, becoming the first Democrat to be elected to the El Paso County Commission since dinosaurs walked the earth, he’ll be poised for a great political career. Even more significantly, the business community would have the Colorado Springs equivalent to John Hickenlooper, an articulate, business-friendly Democrat unburdened by the craziness of left or right. If not – well, he’ll have paid his dues and might be a logical candidate for the Pete Lee seat in the legislature when Lee is termed out.
Meanwhile, here’s the complete list of Walker supporters, followed by a list of them members of the “Women for Beauprez Statewide Advisory Board,” released two days ago by the Beauprez campaign.
And here are the Beauprez supporters.
Women for Beauprez Statewide Advisory Board
Claudia Beauprez, statewide chair of Women for Beauprez and Former Chairman of the board of directors for Heritage Bank;
Gale Norton, former U.S. secretary of the interior;
Frances Owens, community relations director ARC Thrift, former first lady of Colorado;
Joan Allard, wife of former U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard;
Janet Suthers, wife of attorney general John Suthers;
Ellen Roberts, Colorado state senator;
Norma Anderson, former Colorado State Senate majority leader;
Diane Hoppe, former Colorado state senator;
Elsie Lacy, former Colorado state senator;
Nancy Spence, former Colorado state senator;
Cari Hermacinski, former Steamboat Springs City Council president;
Bonnie Finley, Longmont city councilwoman;
Jill Gaebler, Colorado Springs city councilwoman;
Jill Repella, Douglas County commissioner;
Nancy Sharpe, Arapahoe County commissioner and former mayor of Greenwood Village;
Amy Lathen, El Paso County commissioner;
Melanie Worley, Former Douglas County commissioner;
Tootie Crowner, Walden mayor pro-tem;
Donna Petrocco-House,CEO, Valley Bank and Trust;
Aislinn Kottwitz, former Ft. Collins city councilwoman; and
Regina Thomson, president, Colorado Issues Coalition.
Two impressive groups, for sure! Yet I was surprised to see that two of the women (Janet Suthers and Joan Allard) were characterized by their marital status. I know they wouldn’t object to being so described, but they’re both formidable, accomplished women in their own right. And it’s hard to imagine either former Sen. Allard or John Suthers singing “Put Another Log on the Fire” to their spouses. Waylon and Willie – remember?
Put another log on the fire.
Cook me up some bacon and some beans.
And go out to the car and change the tire.
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans.
Come on, baby, you can fill my pipe,
And then go fetch my slippers.
And boil me up another pot of tea.
Then put another log on the fire, babe,
And come and tell me why you’re leaving me.
Now don’t I let you wash the car on Sunday?
Don’t I warn you when you’re gettin fat?
Ain’t I a-gonna take you fishin’ with me someday?
Well, a man can’t love a woman more than that.
Ain’t I always nice to your kid sister?
Don’t I take her driving every night?
So, sit here at my feet ‘cos I like you when you’re sweet,
And you know it ain’t feminine to fight.