Republican Cory Gardner will be the new representative in the U.S. House for much of Douglas County.
Gardner, the incumbent in the 4th Congressional District, was beating Democrat Brandon Shaffer roughly 60 percent to 37 percent in the Nov. 6 election, according to early returns. The remainder of the vote went to Libertarian and American Constitution candidates.
While Gardner isn’t new to the district, Douglas County is. All of Douglas County had been in the 6th Congressional District until the boundaries were redrawn last year. Only Highlands Ranch remains in the 6th.
The heavily Republican 4th District comprises more than 20 counties and 30,000 square miles, mostly in the eastern plains area of Colorado. But Gardner feels there is an important issue that transcends any geographic or cultural differences between rural, agricultural towns and suburban Douglas County communities.
“My focus has been on the economy and business issues and what we can do to provide the best constituent service,” the Yuma resident said in a September interview with Colorado Community Media. “I've driven 60,000 miles to provide that service and openness to constituents.”
Gardner joined the Colorado House of Representatives in 2005. In 2010, he defeated 4th Congressional District incumbent Betsy Markey.
Shaffer, a Longmont resident, has served in the state Senate since 2004. He has been Senate president since 2009, but term limits mean 2012 is his final year in the state Senate.