On Monday, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported a vacancy opening up in State House District 15, making way for a head-to-head matchup between Douglas Bruce and businessman Steve Hasbrouck (the “not Douglas Bruce” candidate). Bruce would throw a lot of red meat to the more libertarian-minded Republicans, and figures generally to stir up trouble. But I’d venture to say that’s not mainly what many are looking for in a state representative.
Nonetheless, I am hearing today that the race for vacancy committee support may be opening up into a four-way affair. Two other candidates have expressed interest in taking the plunge. One of the two is former school board candidate Reginald Perry, who previously had declined calls to run, citing his young family.
As a good acquaintance, I know Reginald to have many outstanding leadership qualities: bold vision, strong principles, and tremendous personal charisma. He is an articulate spokesman for conservative values and well-inclined to bring the principles of freedom to bear on issues of taxation, regulation, education, and more, in statesmanlike fashion.
That being said, a three-way or four-way race may muddy the field. We’ll see if one or more of the candidates can be persuaded to bow out. District 15 Republicans will decide who represents them, but here’s hoping they select a qualified candidate of character, principle, and substance. From my point of view, the committee couldn’t do better than choosing Reginald Perry.