Vacancy committee chooses Bruce Whitehead to take over Jim Isgar’s state senate seat

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From the Associated Press via the Summit Daily News:

Isgar left his seat July 20 to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the Colorado state director for rural development. A vacancy committee chose Whitehead to replace him Saturday. A date wasn’t immediately set for him to be sworn in. Whitehead worked for 25 years for the Colorado Division of Water Resources and is the executive director of the Southwest and Animas-La Plata water conservation districts. Gov. Bill Ritter appointed him last year to serve on the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

More coverage from the Montrose Daily Press (Mallory George):

Bruce Whitehead of Hesperus, Colo., will fill the Colorado Senate District 6 seat vacated by Democrat Jim Isgar, not former Montrose County Commissioner Bill Patterson…

Bev Rich, chairperson of the committee, said there were four candidates for the position. Patterson said he knew Whitehead really wanted the senate seat and that he was willing to quit his job as the executive director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District to be a full-time senator if he was chosen. Patterson told the committee before it made the final decision he would support Whitehead.

More coverage from State Bill Colorado:

Colorado’s Senate has a second civil engineer. A Democratic vacancy committee on Saturday selected water expert Bruce Whitehead to succeed Jim Isgar in Colorado’s 6th Senate District. Isgar took a post in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Both men live in Hesperus, an incorporated town west of Durango, the La Plata County seat…

To keep his seat beyond January 2011, Whitehead must stand for election to a four-year term in November 2010. Ellen Roberts, a Republican state representative from Durango, already has announced her intention to run for the seat. Democrat Brian O’Donnell and Republican Lew Webb have said they are running to succeed Roberts…

The 6th District covers Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties. According to 2002 data, the district has 123,839 constituents. More than 101,000 are white, and 14,163 are of Hispanic origin.

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