Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez tabbed Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as his running mate late Tuesday afternoon.
Repella was elected to her first term as commissioner in November 2008 and re-elected in 2012 to a second four-year term. She is a fifth-generation Colorado native and has been a resident of Highlands Ranch since 1994.
“With the selection of Commissioner Jill Repella as Bob's running mate, Colorado Republicans are celebrating one of the strongest and most united tickets we have seen in years,” said the state's GOP chairman Ryan Call in a statement released July 1.
“Jill is an effective and pragmatic policymaker with deep roots in Colorado, and is a terrific mother of three. She knows firsthand the challenges facing Coloradans from all walks of life, and, as lieutenant governor, Jill will be a tireless advocate for policies that will help grow our economy, create opportunity, and improve the lives of each and every one of us.”
Under Repella's direction, Douglas County has celebrated the second and third-highest employment gains in the country in 2012 and 2013 respectively, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“I am honored to be chosen as Bob Beauprez's running mate,” said Repella in a statement released by the county. “I also want the citizens and taxpayers of Douglas County to know that I can and will also continue to proudly serve them in my role as a Douglas County Commissioner. To have the opportunity to take Douglas County's success story to a state level is an opportunity I embrace.”
Beauprez called Repella “a rising star in local government leadership” and said that he and his wife, Claudia, were “honored” to have her join the team.
“We're impressed with her record as a community leader, a dedicated public servant, an economic development leader and mother, along with her in-depth knowledge of the issues that are impacting families across Colorado. She is the type of strong leader that every Coloradan will be proud to have as their lieutenant governor,” he said.
Repella, who received her bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and her master's in executive leadership from the University of Denver, previously served on the Douglas County School District Board of Education.
“Coloradans are ready for a true leader, one who will listen to us and fight for what is right,” she said in a statement released by the Beauprez campaign. “Bob Beauprez is that leader, and I'm honored to be his running mate.”
Beauprez and Repella planned to join former Republican gubernatorial candidates Tom Tancredo, Mike Kopp and Secretary of State Scott Gessler on a Unity Tour of the Front Range on July 2.