A Republican Party vacancy committee will appoint a successor to state Rep. Susan Beckman, of Littleton, in early February, but no candidates had officially thrown their hat in the ring as of Jan. 22.
Beckman, who represented House District 38, stepped down on Jan. 17 to take a job as the Secretary's Representative for Region VIII of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to Dorothy Gotlieb, chair of the Arapahoe County Republican Party.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of House District 38, and I am looking forward to continuing my public service in my new position,” Beckman said in the release.
Beckman previously worked as an office director for the state Department of Human Services, according to a news release, and has spent much of her career in public policy focused on related issues.
Beckman was elected to the state HD 38 seat in 2016 and reelected in 2018. The district includes most of Littleton, Bow Mar, western Centennial and Columbine Valley.
Beckman served on the Board of Arapahoe County Commissioners from 2001-13. From 1999-2001, she was a member of Littleton City Council.
A vacancy committee consisting of leaders of the district's 66 precincts will appoint a replacement for Beckman in early February, said Marty Bolt, the chairman of the HD38 vacancy committee.
Nobody had yet come forward to vie for the seat as of Jan. 22, but Bolt said he expected candidates to emerge soon.
“This isn't a normal campaign, which can be very grueling,” Bolt said. “It's a fast-track to the Legislature. I'm sure it will be very attractive.”
Once the successor is appointed, only a few months will remain until the seat is up for grabs again in the November election.
Beckman's campaign had already raised $12,708 in her bid for a third term in the House. A pair of Democratic candidates, however, have raised a combined $41,000.
HD 38 was one of the area's most competitive districts in 2018, with Beckman defeating Democrat Chris Kolker 50.4% to 49.6% — a difference of just 374 votes.
One of the Democratic candidates for the seat, David Ortiz, characterized Beckman's departure as a sign the seat is ripe to be flipped from Republican to Democrat.
Gotlieb, the county GOP chair, said she holds high hopes for Beckman in her new role.
“Rep. Beckman has given great service in representing HD38,” Gotlieb said in a text, saying Beckman's new role “is a significant honor and major recognition of Rep. Beckman's skills, experience and leadership.”
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