Local resident Cole Buerger makes his case to be the democratic candidate for House District 57

April 12, 2022

Two Democrats, Cole Buerger and Elizabeth Velasco of Glenwood Springs, are running in the June primary for the Colorado State House of Representatives’ District 57.

The winner in the primary will go on to challenge Republican incumbent Perry Will of New Castle in the November election.

In previous elections, House District 57 encompassed the northwestern corner of the state and only included part of the Roaring Fork Valley from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs.

The district was redrawn late last year for this election cycle and now encompasses a much narrower slice of northwestern Colorado, including all of the Roaring Fork valley and a portion of the Colorado River valley from Glenwood to Parachute.

Aspen Public Radio is speaking with the candidates for House District 57 this week, starting with democratic candidate Cole Buerger.

Buerger grew up in Silt and later headed east to study and work in the fields of international affairs and public policy.

He now runs his own consulting and communications business where he works with organizations to help strengthen their mission whether it be mental health advocacy or getting out the vote.

Buerger got about 53% of the delegate votes at the multicounty assembly on Friday, which means his name will be listed first on the June primary ballot.

Aspen Public Radio talked with Buerger to learn more about his campaign.