Keyser a decisive winner in state House District 25

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By Sandy Barnes

Morrison Republican Jon Keyser scored a decisive victory over Democratic challenger Janet Doyle of Evergreen and Libertarian candidate Jack Woehr in his first-time bid for state House District 25.

Keyser captured 52.5 percent of the vote, and Doyle had 43 percent. Woehr garnered 4.5 percent, according to results posted by the secretary of state for the Nov. 4 election.

"I am truly humbled by the broad support our campaign received from Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated voters,” Keyser said. “I want to congratulate Mrs. Doyle and Mr. Woehr for running solid, positive campaigns. This was a team win, and I look forward to representing and serving all of the residents of House District 25.”

“I really hope that Jon Keyser will represent the moderate nature of our district, and work together with legislators on what's best for Colorado — and not just one group," Doyle said.

Keyser campaigned as a “citizen legislator” who would focus on the interests of constituents. Keyser also said he would like to restore political balance to the General Assembly.

He has expressed support for production of natural gas and oil in the state through the hydraulic fracturing process in a responsible manner, as well as improvement of the state educational system.

An attorney and reserve Air Force officer, Keyser entered the race after GOP incumbent Cheri Gerou decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term. Keyser received support from Gerou and former GOP state representatives John and Rob Witwer during his campaign.

Doyle and Keyser both were first-time contenders in District 25, which includes Evergreen, Conifer, Genesee, Lookout Mountain, Coal Creek Canyon and a small section of South Jefferson County.

While campaigning, Doyle emphasized her years of service as a board member of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District and her experience as an attorney, former CEO and youth counselor.

Doyle advocated improving the quality of education, protecting the environment, especially through wildfire mitigation, and nurturing small businesses. She said she is hopeful Keyser will focus on those issues, as well as economic growth for the state.

“This was one of the most educational and rewarding challenges of my life," Doyle said.

During her campaign, Doyle said she learned about the political process, and was heartened by the outpouring of support from her friends and those she came to know in the community.

Doyle said she is looking forward to continuing to serve on the EPRD board and on the Community First Foundation.

"I will continue to live, work and play in Evergreen," she said.

Doyle said she had hoped that her efforts would result in a win in the longtime GOP-leaning district.
"I think I did have a very good chance … . I had tremendous support from the across the spectrum (especially moderate Republicans and Democrats).

"I had support because of my years of experience as a lawyer, CEO and counselor of youth. It gave me a comprehensive way to looking at the issues."

Woehr, who was running for House District 25 for the second time as a Libertarian, congratulated Keyser.

“I hope he has fun in the Colorado House of Representatives and does good for our community. Ms. Janet Doyle was also a charming opponent; condolences on our mutual loss. I hope our new rep will watch our water, our land use and our educational system over the next two years,” Woehr said.

“We three candidates were all ‘Jeffconians’ first and politicians second, and had a very friendly competition,” he added. “Thank you, voters; thank you, Libertarian Party. God bless America in general, and Jefferson County in particular.”

Election results for House District 25:

Republican Jon Keyser: 21,194 votes
Democrat Janet Doyle: 17,565 votes
Libertarian Jack Woehr: 1,865 votes

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.