House District 61

In some ways the election in state house district 61 is a rematch.  The district includes Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. Democrat Millie Hamner won the district two years ago beating, among others, Debra Irvine.  Despite that loss, this year, Irvine, a Republican, is back to challenge Hamner.

Irvine – “Well, its not about me and if it was about me I probably wouldn’t because it is very difficult.  Its hard to put yourself out there.”

Especially hard she says when her campaign manager husband returns from the post office with negative mailers in support of the incumbent.  APR's Roger Adams talked with Irvine and Hamner and has this report.

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  • House District 61 race sees old rivals matched up again

  This is the debate between candidates for State House District 61, which, after redistricting, includes Summit, Lake, Pitken, and parts of Gunnison and Delta counties. There are actually five candidates for this race, but three were present at the Club 20 debate: Democratic Incumbent Millie Hamner, Independent Kathleen Curry and Republican Debra Irvine. Derek Wagner, Director of Special Projects at Colorado Mesa University, moderated the debate.