El Paso County Republicans will vote by secret ballot Saturday morning to fill the House District 15 vacancy created by outgoing Rep. Bill Cadman.
Anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce is among three candidates vying for the Colorado Springs district seat and has said he will run for election next year even if he isn’t appointed to the seat this weekend.
Republican Party activists Reginald Perry and Steve Hasbrouck also are contending for the seat and plan to give Bruce a run for his money. Perry is an army veteran, and Hasbrouck is a businessman and owner of a muffler shop. Both are well known among party loyalists.
Cadman, who has represented HD15 since 2000, was picked earlier this month to replace retiring state Sen. Ron May. He plans to run for the senate seat next year.
The vacancy committee is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain High School. About 90 Republicans on the vacancy committee are expected to cast a vote. The winner must get more than 50 percent of the vote, said Nathan Fisk, executive director of the El Paso County Republicans. A split vote would result in the candidate with the fewest votes getting dropped, then another ballot would be held until just one candidate wins by at least 50 percent plus one, he said.
Bruce, currently an El Paso County commissioner, was the author of the 1992 voter-approved Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, a revenue limiting law that has come to have unforeseen negative consequences for state and local governments. But El Paso County Chairman Greg Garcia said that Bruce’s anti-tax philosophy remains an axiom for Republicans. “Constraining government is always relevant. History has proved that…” Garcia said.
Bruce ran for the Senate in 2000 but lost to May by 112 votes.
Garcia said that all three candidates have followings and are actively campaigning for the seat. “It’s going to be an interesting situation there, a political incumbent and two candidates who haven’t won an election,” Garcia said. “So you can expect a good fight of Republican ideas and principles by the up-and-coming candidates.”