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Democratic candidate for Colorado state treasurer Betsy Markey, from Fort Collins, hit the campaign trail recently, with a stopover at the Pagosa Baking Company Aug. 6, seeking to gain support for the November General Election.
Markey has thrown her hat into the political arena of elected officials who have announced their intentions of running for the four-year term of state treasurer. This is one of five elected positions at the state level in Colorado. The other elected positions are governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and the attorney general. The state treasurer position is currently held by Republican incumbent Walker Stapleton.
Markey holds a bachelor degree and a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on public finance from the University of Florida.
When asked about her qualifications for the office of state treasurer, Markey stated she has spent the past two years as assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. Markey also went on to explain that in the mid-’80s she worked with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Budget Department.
“My husband and I also started a hi-tech business in the eighties that I am chief financial officer and co-founder. The business is still going strong,” she stated.
“One of the major things I hope to accomplish,” Markey stated, “is to bring innovation and transparency to the office of state treasurer. The office of state treasurer is an important post for the people of Colorado. It pays the bills, promotes education and serves on the board of Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA). There are half a million retired teachers, state troopers and judges, college and university teachers, city and county employees in PERA. It is important they are taken care of,” Markey said.
State treasurer duties include among other things the investment of state tax dollars, distributing property to its lawful owners.
“One example of something I would like to accomplish is the reinstatement of a good program started by the former state treasurer for education and our schools, Better Education for Schools Today (BEST). States must re-invest in education and we need to put money toward our school systems,” Markey said.
When asked about her campaign tour of the Western Slope, Markey said it was vital to get out of Denver and “to make sure we are looking at all sixty-four counties. We do not need to forget our more rural parts of the state.”
The General Election is scheduled for Nov. 4.