Mon June 24, 2013

Betsy Markey Launches Bid For Colorado Treasurer

Former Democratic 4th Congressional District Congresswoman Betsy Markey officially launched her bid for state treasurer Monday.

“I think Colorado is a dynamic state. It’s on the cutting edge of innovation. It’s a state where we turn good ideas into reality and the treasurer’s office should be no different," she said.

In March, Markey spoke with KUNC about moving back to Colorado and considering a bid for statewide office.

“My thought is that I will get back in when the time is right for me, when the time is right for my family, and when I know I’m doing the right thing.”

Markey has been out of the political spotlight for the last two years. In 2010 she lost her re-election bid for the 4th Congressional District seat to Republican Cory Gardner. After her stint in Congress, Markey oversaw the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security until returning to Colorado in 2013.

“Particularly in an area in homeland security, there was no difference in dealing with a Republican Governor as opposed to a Democratic governor. They all have the same goals. They’re the CEO of their state; they want to make sure they’re doing everything to protect their citizens. That was very refreshing.”

Broomfield Mayor Patrick Quinn also announced Monday he’s hoping to get the Democratic nomination for treasurer. The winner will run against Colorado Treasurer, Walker Stapleton in 2014.