Last week, Barbara McLachlan announced her candidacy for state representative in House District 59, which includes Archuleta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Ouray and San Juan counties.
McLachlan’s announcement means she will face incumbent J. Paul Brown in November 2016, assuming he decides to run for the office again.
“I am excited to be running for State Representative because I believe in a brighter future filled with opportunity for our Western Slope community,” McLachlan explained. “I will use my experience as a teacher and educator to tackle the major issues facing our district: fighting for our fair share of school funding, working to bring more jobs and opportunity to Southwestern Colorado, and protecting our clean air and our water, which are central to our local heritage, culture and economy.”
McLachlan is a former English and journalism educator and Teacher of the Year at Durango High School.