Evergreen’s Tim Leonard selected to replace Keyser at statehouse

-A A +A
By Gabrielle Porter

A Republican vacancy committee on Saturday appointed Tim Leonard of Evergreen to the House District 25 seat vacated by Jon Keyser, who stepped down last week to run for U.S. Senate.

Leonard, who ran an unsuccessful state Senate campaign in 2010 against Democrat Jeanne Nicholson, focused his comments to the committee on what he called violations of the U.S. Constitution in Colorado. He slammed Common Core standards in education, “overreaching” Environmental Protection Agency actions, and the current state budget situation.

“I can start defending the Constitution on Monday,” Leonard said during the meeting at the Jefferson County courthouse in Golden.

Leonard received 16 of the committee’s 21 votes.

House District 25 includes Evergreen, Conifer and Morrison.

The committee, which announced its decision after the public meeting, also considered the following candidates: Tom George of Littleton; Susan Ketchledge of Conifer; Judy Merkel of Evergreen; Michael Olson of Conifer; Derec Shuler of Golden; Mary Wagner of Indian Hills; and Kevin Allen.

Merkel received three votes and George two. The other candidates received none.

Leonard will be up for election this year, a process that begins with the party caucuses March 1.

Keyser, who was elected to the District 25 seat in 2014, succeeded three-term representative and fellow Republican Cheri Gerou.