Routt County treasurer Brita Horn announces run for state treasurer
June 6, 2017
Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn is preparing for a marathon campaign to try and get a promotion and become the state treasurer.
"I'm the hardest working woman around," Horn said. "I'm going to crisscross the state."
Horn has served as the county's treasurer since 2014.
She is the second Republican to enter the race for state treasurer after State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton. Horn said her tenure at the county has prepared her for a treasury job on a bigger scale.
"I know how money flows. I know how money works," she said.
Routt County voters, and other voters across the state, are likely familiar with Horn's handling of overdue property tax payments from Peabody Energy last year due to the company’s bankruptcy filing.
Horn said she was standing up for taxpayers and the law when she rejected a payment from Peabody that did not include $91,000 in penalties and interest.
She eventually got Peabody to pay just over $100,000 in addition to the late payments in a move that landed her some positive headlines around the state.
But before that payment was secured, her handling of the tax payments created a rift with local county commissioners who were concerned about the delay in the tax money coming into 18 public entities in the county.
In addition to being a mom, treasurer and rancher in extreme South Routt County, Horn is the fire chief of the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
She pursued the treasurer job after losing a primary race in 2012 for Routt County commissioner to Jim "Moose" Barrows.
Horn elevated her profile in the Republican party last year by serving as a delegate for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.
According to her new Brita Horn 4 Colorado website, Horn’s campaign will focus on three main issues: fighting government waste; making the Public Employee Retirement Association sustainable; and prioritizing funding for education.
The state treasurer election is in November 2018.
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