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Doyle kicks off campaign in House District 25

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Evergreen Democrat running in longtime GOP stronghold

By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen resident Janet Doyle, a member of the park district board, is entering the state political arena as the Democratic candidate in House District 25. 

“I am a moderate, pragmatic person, and I have been disappointed by the extremism in the state legislature. I think that interferes with forward progress,” Doyle said in an interview Saturday.

“I have 30 years experience listening to people, and educating and informing myself on all sides,” she added. “I have learned that it is very important to listen, to become educated and work toward consensus.”

Doyle has a professional background as a youth counselor and attorney, and is a former CEO of a solar industry company based in California.

The decision of Republican state Rep. Cheri Gerou not to seek a fourth term was a prime factor in her decision to run this year, Doyle said. She is running against Republican Jon Keyser, who is also making his first bid for state office.

As a member of the board of directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District for the past six years, Doyle says, she has been successful in working with different people. Doyle also has focused on fiscal accountability within the park district.

If elected to the state House, Doyle said, she will represent the interests of district residents. Fire and flood mitigation are among the biggest issues in the district, she said.

“We need to protect this environment,” she remarked.

Collaboration among fire districts is the best way to address concerns about wildland fires, Doyle said. 

Providing quality education for children is another priority for Doyle. 

“I think we need to ensure that all children have access to educational opportunities,” she said. “From living in our district for the past 16 years, I know that we need to ensure access to highly skilled jobs.”

Children need an education that keeps their skills and knowledge on the cutting edge and prepares them to compete in the global economy, Doyle said. 

“I think it’s important that there are programs designed to help individual children to succeed,” she said. “It’s our responsibility as a society.”

While looking at other key issues in the state, Doyle said it's important to nurture the growth of small businesses and help established ones thrive. 

Doyle also said she would like to become informed about the growing oil and gas industry in the state, and the process of hydraulic fracturing, which has generated controversy.

“I think there are appropriate places for it,” she said. “At the same time, we need to be safeguarding health, safety and the impact on use of water. … I think there is a balance that needs to be reached.”

Doyle has support for her campaign from retiring EPRD board member Kit Darrow and Evergreen resident Peter Eggers, who served on the park district board for many years. 

“She is a fiscal conservative and listens to people. That is a strong skill she will also take to the statehouse,” Darrow said at the kickoff event for Doyle last Friday evening at Buchanan Recreation Center.

“She exhibits strong leadership, and will not waiver in her principles,” Eggers said.

“This race is win-able,” said Chris O’Dell, former chairman of the Jeffco Republican Party, while speaking on Doyle’s behalf.

“I will put my passion for this community to work for you,” Doyle said.

House District 25 includes Conifer and Evergreen, as well as a small portion of South Jeffco down the hill. The seat has been controlled by Republicans for decades. 

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.