By Jason Kosena
Fort Collins Coloradoan
January 5, 2008
Lilias Jarding says the Republican was ineffective in Denver
Larimer County Democrat Lilias Jarding, 55, announced Friday her intent to run against Republican incumbent Rep. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud for the House District 49 seat this November.
District 49 covers Berthoud and much of the I-25 corridor, including Wellington and Bellvue.
"When we look at the incumbent's record, he has been largely ineffective in Denver," Jarding said. "He is not getting legislation passed, and his positions are so far on the fringe he has become distracted. I think people notice that and want more representation."
Lundberg, who won his third House term in 2006 by beating out Democrat Sue Radford, said he represents issues important to his constituents.
"I believe I best represent the conservative values the majority of the people of District 49 hold," Lundberg said. "Voters have reaffirmed that in three elections, and I look forward to a fourth election. I look forward to the discussions and the opportunity we have during the election process to interact with ideas and talk about them during the debates and forums that occur."
Jarding, a consultant for nonprofits, has taken a large role in the group Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction, or CARD, which opposes a proposed Weld County uranium mine east of Wellington.
"I don't think that we're getting leadership on the uranium issue from our current representative, and that is surprising being that the site is just 1 mile outside of his district, and he has yet to take a stance," Jarding said. "This is not and should not be a partisan issue."
Lundberg said he attended a community meeting on the mine and has been active in the issue but cautioned that a well-thought approach to any new or reformed mining legislation is important.
"There are several principals that we have to defend and uphold here, and one is that we have to protect our air and water, as well as a need to protect the property rights of the surface holders and the mineral holders," Lundberg said. "This is a complicated issue, and the state has to have policies that ensure those principals. I am quite intrigued by this legislation, and if it truly is an updating of mining laws, I will support that, but if it doesn't go down that road and it's a heavy-handed piece of legislation, I might try and amend it and may not support it, but I don't know yet because I haven't seen it yet."
Fort Collins Democratic Reps. Randy Fischer and John Kefalas are sponsoring legislation this year that addresses the proposed mine - an effort that has gained Senate sponsorship by Fort Collins Democrat Sen. Bob Bacon and Republican Sen. Steve Johnson.