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Our view: New face at the statehouse

At issue: Dylan Roberts, a 28-year-old who grew up in Steamboat, has been appointed to fill the legislative term of Diane Mitsch Bush. Our view: Roberts understands the district he serves and will offer a fresh perspective. Editorial Board • Suzanne Schlicht, COO and publisher • Lisa Schlichtman, editor • Tom Ross, reporter • Hannah Hoffman, community representative • Bob Schneider, community representative Contact the editorial board at 970-871-4221 or editor@SteamboatToday.com.

Colorado House District 26 is fortunate to have an emerging young leader in Dylan Roberts to fill out the balance of the legislative term that former State Rep Diane Mitsch Bush left in November to run for the U.S. Congress.

Roberts was selected to fill the vacated seat by a delegation of representatives from Eagle and Routt counties who met at Crossan’s Market in Yampa to decide between Roberts and Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan. The vote was 11-4 in Roberts’ favor.

Roberts, who was raised in Steamboat Springs and currently serves as deputy district attorney in Eagle County, is a newcomer to state politics but had already announced his candidacy on the Democratic ticket for election to the HD 26 seat in the November 2018 election.

Roberts understands our two-county house district and is also well suited to represent the needs of Routt and Eagle counties since he grew up in Steamboat and now works and lives in Eagle. Some of the areas he says he will focus on — including affordable housing, child care, transportation funding and lowering the cost of health insurance in mountain communities — underscore his commitment to the area he will be serving.

At 28, Roberts would be one of the youngest legislators serving in the House, and although Roberts promises to continue focusing on issues that were important to his predecessor, we think he’ll approach the business at hand with new perspective and energy.

We’ve editorialized before about the importance of developing new, younger leaders in our communities, and Roberts’ quick ascension to state office is a promising development in that arena.

And we’d be remiss if we also didn’t thank Diane Mitsch Bush for her service in the state legislature. She was a passionate advocate for many issues that mattered to her constituents, including transportation, the environment, broadband service and lower health insurance costs. She established a strong record of getting a large number of bills introduced and passed during her tenure in the statehouse, and she also did an exemplary job of reaching across the aisle to build consensus.

We have high hopes that Roberts will make his own mark on state government, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish. And we believe it’s a real benefit to Routt County to have someone who grew up in Steamboat representing us in the statehouse.

In a letter to the editor, Roberts wrote, “I am excited to work on legislation that will make Eagle County and Routt County an easier place to live for our aging residents, middle-class families and young professionals. The state can and should be a partner on the issues of affordable housing, childcare and adequately funding our education system … You can always count on me to be a meticulous lawmaker, a strong voice for my constituents and a public servant that focuses on results, not politics.”

These are encouraging words, and we’re looking forward to seeing what a fresh-faced, political newcomer can accomplish at the State Capital.


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