Monday, March 26, 2012

Democrat steps up in House race

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Chris Ibbetson

On Saturday, local Republicans and Democrats met for their county assemblies. As we reported, the Republicans voted a number of candidates onto the primary ballot, with some interesting upsets.

As it turns out, the Democrats will also be having a primary in House District 21.

Veronica Bila and Christopher Ibbetson were both nominated to appear on the June 26 primary ballot in a race to be the Democratic challenger.

The Republicans will have their own primary in that district between newcomer Albert Sweet and former Fountain Councilwoman Lois Landgraf.

Today, we received a press statement from Ibbetson announcing his candidacy. A newcomer as well, he says that he spent six years in the Army and is a licensed EMT.

He hadn't considered running for the House seat, he tells us, until attending Saturday's assembly. When he saw that there wasn't a candidate, he decided to give it a shot.

As for the issues, according to his press release, "Planned Parenthood in House District 21 is my top priority."

No women should ever have to be embarrassed to go to her doctor for birth control because for fear that she won’t get the birth control or that she would have to go through pointless and costly medical procedures to them, and quite frankly, it’s none of our business why anyone sees there doctor unless they plan to tell the rest of the world themselves, that is why the U.S. congress put into law the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996, which is known as HIPAA, to ensure a patient’s privacy.

We will bring you information on Bila as well, once we've made contact with her.

Read Ibbetson's press statement in its entirety:

Chris Ibbetson, is announcing his candidacy for State Representative in District 21, CO. Ibbetson and his fellow Democratic County Delegates have collected signatures from residents House District 21 in support of his primary nomination. Individuals have responded with support and substantial votes more than sufficient to place him on the ballot for the June 2012 primary election.

With over 6 years of military experience, Ibbetson sees the dire need to reserve our freedoms, was given to us by the United States Constitution, by having a simple thing as the right to vote on Election Day. This is 2012 and there is no need for not treating everyone as an equal. We all live in the same state, we all live in the same country, and we all deserve to be treated as equal, no matter what gender, race or sexual orientation that we may have, just equals. He is also a Colorado Licensed EMT.

Chris Ibbetson sees the Planned Parenthood issue as motivations to run for office.

According to Ibbetson, "Planned Parenthood in House District 21 is my top priority." He adds, “No women should ever have to be embarrassed to go to her doctor for birth control because for fear that she won’t get the birth control or that she would have to go through pointless and costly medical procedures to them, and quite frankly, it’s none of our business why anyone sees there doctor unless they plan to tell the rest of the world themselves, that is why the U.S. congress put into law the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996, which is known as HIPAA, to ensure a patient’s privacy ."

More information about Chris Ibbetson and his campaign can be found on his website, www.facebook.com/vote.ibbetson. This site includes biographical information about Chris and a calendar of upcoming events, as well as his position on many of the important issues affecting House District 21.

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