State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, is so confident that Democrats will capitalize on the Trump presidency in the November 2018 election that she’s surrendering her seat in the state House for a bid for U.S. Congress.
Mitsch Bush is the first and so far only Democrat to enter the race against incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez. She said she would relinquish her State House seat late this year after winning election to a third two-year term in November.
Mitsch Bush is no stranger to the Roaring Fork Valley. Her district encompasses Routt and Eagle counties, so she represents El Jebel and part of Basalt. She’s made numerous campaign and town hall stops in the midvalley. Now she hopes to make the jump to the big leagues and represent the entire Roaring Fork Valley in the sprawling 3rd Congressional District.
Mitsch Bush is visiting Aspen today to attend the Pitkin County Democrats Dinner. She did a phone interview earlier this week with The Aspen Times to discuss why she wants to join Congress at such a divisive time in the country.
Aspen Times: Your desire to perform public service is clear with being a Routt County commissioner, serving in the State House and serving on multiple boards and commissions. Why would you want to join Congress right now with the atmosphere there?
Mitsch Bush: Because I think I can make a difference. I think I can bring people together to create policies that are evidence-based and build a better future for everyone. I love legislating and, again, bringing people together.
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