Senator Baumgardner resigns leaving District 8 Republicans with task to fill seat


The resignation of Colorado Senator Randy Baumgardner, District 8 Republicans will begin their process to fill the vacancy.

The vacancy committee will be headed by Phil Vaughan the District 8 Republican Chair and two other executive committee members from District 8. Others on the vacancy committee will be the Republican Chair from each of the seven counties that compose District 8 – Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties.

Carl Wood, the Grand County Republican Chair, will represent Grand County on the vacancy committee. The committee will meet in Craig on January 2.

“I hope to find a conservative representative that reflects SD8’s western values,” said Wood.
Those interested in the process, are encouraged to call Wood at 720-899-2274.

The seat is now open to a Republican living in District 8.
According to the Denver Post, Senator Baumgardner’s last day will be January 21.

Baumgardner avoided expulsion from the Senate earlier this year for sexual harassment allegations, but the Denver Post reported he did not want to subject his family to the possibility of another vote.
Baumgardner and his family currently live in Hot Sulphur Springs.