THE redistricting process, which generated new legislative district maps for Colorado, gets closer to finalization Monday with approval of the submitted maps by the Colorado Supreme Court.
I currently represent Senate District 35 which consists of 16 counties generally from the San Luis Valley east to the Kansas border. The new Senate District as approved by the Colorado Supreme Court today changes the name and the area I will be representing officially beginning in 2023. The new Senate District 6 consists of 14 counties generally from the San Luis Valley west to the Utah border.
I continue to be honored and humbled to represent the people of Colorado, independent of the lines drawn on a map. Traveling around the state this summer with a handful of legislators from very different districts, it was easy to highlight the differences in our districts. The uplifting experience was that even recognizing our differences there is also great pride in the fact that we have so much more in common. People of Colorado strive for the same things; prosperous, uplifting, safe and resilient communities.
I recognize that the two Senate Districts are really not that dissimilar. Both districts are dominated by rural counties that share a variety of similar challenges and opportunities. Health care issues, including behavioral health care issues, are a dominant issue for both districts and the state. Cost of living concerns, public safety, education system (pre-k through higher ed) challenges and veterans issues to name just a few other high priority concerns. I look forward to working for the constituents of district 35 and district 6.
– Senator Cleave Simpson