by Beecher Threatt
Barbara McLachlan (D), Colorado House District 59 incumbent, will serve her second term after handily defeating Paul Jones (U) for the seat.
In Ouray County, McLachlan won 60 percent of the vote with 1,786 votes to her opponent’s 1,197.
District-wide, she received 56 percent of votes cast with 22,768 total. Jones got 17,895 votes.
District 59 includes the counties of Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, Ouray and San Juan and a portion of Gunnison County.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, McLachlan said, “Our country may be more divided than ever, but here in Colorado we know that our neighbor is not our enemy. We understand that to get things done, we must put our differences aside and come together. I am honored to continue to represent all of you at the Capitol, and I am committed to doing everything in my power to serve the bests interests of our districts and community.”
McLachlan was active in her first session, focusing on water, sustainable energy, jobs, affordable college and education. She was vice chair of the Transportation and Energy Committee and also served on the Education Committee.
Jones is a retired game warden and wildlife biologist from Gunnison.