At a special selection meeting July 19 at the Douglas County Justice Center, Kim Ransom was chosen to replace Jack Hilbert as the Republican nominee for the House District 44 seat.
Ransom was elected by a majority on the first ballot. House …
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Ransom was elected by a majority on the first ballot. House District 44 encompasses Parker, Lone Tree and parts of unincorporated Douglas County.
Ransom, 55, is a mother of four, and is a customer service representative for vacation rentals outlet VRBO.com. She has worked as an aide for two Douglas County state senators, Republicans John Evans and Tom Wiens and as the HD44 committee secretary.
Hilbert, who most recently served as Douglas County commissioner and won the Republican primary in June to represent House District 44 in the general election, withdrew his name as the sole candidate July 13 after accepting a position as Child Welfare Hotline System manager with the Colorado Department of Human Services' Child Welfare Protection Division.
Five people —Ransom, Debbie Lewis, Donald Parrot, Debbie Cohen and Kim Monson —interviewed for the position. Each candidate had three minutes to speak on their qualifications for the position and then answered questions from the panel. They were given two minutes to respond to each question. Each interview lasted about an hour.
The panel, made up of three members of the HD44 Republican Committee and three voting members of the Douglas County GOP executive team, asked the candidates about their positions on the Second Amendment and extending gun rights to places of business and schools; social issues, such as marriage equality and abortion; school choice and their stance on standard core curriculum in public schools; illegal immigration; and whether they would vote for an increase in the number of votes needed to change the Colorado State Constitution.
"Some of you know me as a radical, home-school mom who knows how to shoot,” Ransom said. “Others of you know me as a worker bee here in Douglas County. One that says yes to walking in a parade or working on a resolution, taking calls for yet another campaign and serving the district."
"I'm a constitutional conservative, a capitalist that believes in private property rights and personal responsibility."
On the issue of education, Ransom said that she favors leaving the power to set and change curriculum standards in the hands of the local school districts.
Ransom said that she is "100 percent pro-life" and would support legislation protecting life from the moment of conception.
She described herself as a gun-rights activist and said she would support legislation that would allow anyone to carry a firearm concealed, or not, without a permit and supports the idea of allowing teachers to carry firearms, if that is what individual school districts decided for themselves. She also favors making it more difficult to change the state constitution.
Ransom will work with House District 44 Rep. Chris Holbert, who currently represents the district.
“HD44 deserves the best state rep that we can find. Chris Holbert has done a great job of moving the district down a great path. We just need to continue the work he has started," Ransom said. "It's a safe district, so it's safe to send someone as far to the right as you can find. Someone who is not afraid to take a stand, someone who knows the unintended consequences of the legislative process and someone who is going to fight the battles that need to be fought and knows when it's time to find allies and common ground."
Ransom will represent the Republican Party in November's election against Democrat Karen Smith and Libertarian Lily Williams.
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