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“To those whom much is given, much is expected.” – 2016 Election Recap


I’d like to start off by saying how thankful I am to be able to serve the people of Southern Colorado for another term.  This election was different in every aspect, and as in every election there are winners and losers.  I feel the people of Colorado have spoken, and we have a great deal of work to do. 

Nationally, we saw that President Elect Donald Trump won the electoral vote while Secretary Clinton won the popular vote.  The difference could be debated, and probably will be debated for years to come, but when I view the maps and overlays for popular vs. electoral the argument for how our President is chosen is clearly the right one. This is actually the fifth time in American history that this has occurred, and it is the second time in this century.  Most will remember Bush v. Gore in the year 2000. 

We also saw Republicans maintain control of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.  With a declared winner for the Presidency, control of the House and control of the Senate this is why I say “to whom much is given, much will be expected.”  We, the Republican Party, have an opportunity to do the work that the American people are asking for, and if we squander the opportunity now, we may not see it again for a very long time. 

As I campaigned across House District 47 I heard over and over about the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act.  It’s simply not working for American families, and it’s far from affordable for most.  A solution has to be found, and the opportunity exists.

Americans have clearly expressed their fears about terrorism.  To those we have elected to serve us in Washington D.C., you have an obligation to address national security.  A safe America is desired, and it is deserved.  A solution has to be found and the opportunity exists.

Opportunities exist for solutions to become reality with a myriad of other issues like the economy, jobs, entitlement reform, immigration, crime, poverty and the deficit.  This is not the time to squander the opportunity.  As I said above, “to those whom much is given, much is expected”, and we all, from the top down, owe it to the American people to offer solutions. 

In Colorado Republicans lost three seats in the State House of Representatives, and in the State Senate Republicans held on to a slim one seat majority.  The State Senate has a heavy lift this Session, and searching for compromises that don’t grow government won’t be easy.  However, with new leadership in both the House and the Senate I can assure you that neither party will be getting a free ride this Session.  If anything is going to get to the Governor’s desk, it will have to be through a bipartisan effort.

Leaders in Colorado have a clear responsibility to address education, transportation, jobs, and the economy. It’s my firm philosophy that there are options and opportunities to address these issues without growing government, without increasing taxes, and without burdening the state with an overwhelming amount of regulations.  Prioritization in spending matters, and the answer to every problem we face is not always, increasing fees, taxes or regulations.  This is where transparency in government and political courage truly matters. 

State Representative Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff

Temblors under the surface for political parties

The election may have been a thrilla from Manilla, but the overall state results leave us exactly where we started. Under the surface, both parties face challenges that will gather force in the 2018 governor's election and culminate in redistricting five years from now.

Any Republican effort to Make Colorado Red Again is going to hit the wall of Colorado's darker blue tint. Dems have problems among their core in Adams and Pueblo Counties.

Tight Race Election Results Compared to 2014 with Performance Numbers

Colorado's changing demographics are pushing the state to the blue side, as can be seen in Democratic performance numbers (what percentage they beat the result predicted by registration numbers). Especially in House elections, many closely watched races went to the Dems by higher numbers than registration would indicate. Apparently, in those districts, unaffiliateds leaned more to the Dem than GOP side.

Two Republicans, Sen. Larry Crowder, SD-35, and Rep. Clarice Navarro, HD-47, had huge victories way outside their registration numbers, showing that moderate Republicans in the southern part of the state can have great success. Navarro's winning elections in Pueblo and places east may have long ago shown that Pueblo County had reservations about how Dems performed. The 2013 recall also reflected uneasiness in the southern plains.

Similar questions arise for Democrats in Adams County. Newly elected Sen. Kevin Priola-R beat Jenise May-D by eleven percent above his predicted registration numbers in SD-25. May lost in 2014 to Rep. JoAnn Windholz in the race for HD-30. Windholz lost this year to Dafna Michaelson. Michaelson won by a good margin, but she didn't win by as much as the voter registration numbers indicated.

Pueblo and Adams County share economic factors that clearly affected trends confronting Democrats. To regain GOP dominance in Colorado, business Republicans will have to embrace their blue collar employees to offset the growth in progressive young professionals flooding the state.

The bouncing balls in HD-59 and SD-19 went to the Dems, with newly elected Rep. Barbara McLachlan-D of Durango defeating Rep. J. Paul Brown-R, who took the seat from her husband Mike McLachlan-D in 2014, who himself took the seat from J. Paul Brown in 2012.

Former Sen. Rachel Zenzinger-D, who inherited SD-19 from former Sen. Evie Hudak-D in 2013 and lost it to Sen. Laura Woods-R in 2014, won it back this year. Senator-elect Zenzinger won by about 1,500 votes, a landslide compared to the 500-vote splits in previous years.

Tammy Story-D gave Rep. Tim Leonard-R a scare for HD-25. She lost but exceeded the expected registration numbers by five percent. These races may show that more Democrats are moving into Jeffco's mountain community and that the county, while obviously still in back-and-forth warfare in some areas, may finally be tilting more blue, as has Arapahoe County.

SD-19 must be an amazing place. This suburban north Jeffco district has bounced from left to right to left for four years, having three state senators in that time. Yet neighborhoods remain neighborly. That's the best news for Colorado. PEN

Paula Noonan, 303-246-7140

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NRA Endorsement

October 12, 2016…State Representative Clarice Navarro has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).  The NRA serves as America’s number one staunch defender of the Second Amendment.  In a letter sent to Representative Navarro, Travis Couture-Lovelady, the Colorado State Liaison for NRA-ILA State and Local Affairs stated, “On behalf of NRA members in Colorado, I am pleased to announce your NRA-PVF ‘A’ rating and endorsement for the 2016 Colorado General Election.  We appreciate your enthusiasm for the Second Amendment and the attention to firearm-related issues during your candidacy.” 

Representative Navarro is known as being a solid pro-gun/pro-hunting candidate who supports the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Endorsed by Pueblo Association of Realtors

October 12, 2016…State Representative Clarice Navarro has been endorsed by the Pueblo Association of Realtors.  The Pueblo Association of Realtors recently interviewed candidates for public office with a decision to endorse State Representative Clarice Navarro.  The Pueblo Association of Realtors is a robust organization offering advocacy, education and support to local realtors and the industry. 

State Representative Navarro stated, "I’m honored to be endorsed by the Pueblo Association of Realtors. The Association plays a vital role in our community, and we have a vibrant realtor community.  Their endorsement means a lot.  I look forward to working with them in the upcoming Session.”

Letter to the Editor from Barb Pasco

Letter to Editor

I’m supporting State Representative Navarro

As a resident of Fremont County I’m honored to place my support behind State Representative Navarro.  She is a lady of her word, and when things have been tough during her two terms in the Colorado State Legislature she has stood her ground for her constituents, our rural way of life, and, she has kept her word.  She’s maintained her commitment to the principles she originally ran on, and she has been successful at making sure Southern Colorado is never forgotten.

There is often a rural vs. urban divide at the Colorado State Legislature, and Representative Navarro has seemed to have bridged that, to a degree, to ensure Southern Colorado is front and center when serious discussions and decisions are made about our way of life.  Representative Navarro gets us a seat at the table, and we are fortunate to have her voice in Denver. 

I’d urge you to take a look at her website www.clarice47.com to find out more about her.  Now, you may not agree with her on every topic, but she does not shy away from any issue, and she is certainly not afraid to take a position.  Isn’t that a novel idea, knowing where a politician stands?  You never have to guess where Representative Navarro stands.  She is exactly what and who Southern Colorado needs at this time, and I urge your strong support of her. 


Barb Pasco-Fremont County Resident

"A" Rating from NRA

With less than 30 days until ballots drop it's important you know where I stand on the issues.  Unfortunately, my opponent does not feel the same. 

I have received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), while my opponent has received a "?".  Just look at the photos below.  That's not acceptable.  Help me spread the word that I stand by our 2nd Amendment and the Constitution of the United States of America. 

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