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- Former Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder.
Marc Snyder, former councilor and mayor of Manitou Springs, will run to represent the 18th District in Colorado's House of Representatives. After serving for years in elected office and on various boards, Snyder says he felt "ready to sit on the sidelines for a while," building his private law practice back up. "But looking at the state of affairs, both nationally and in the state of Colorado, I feel it's incumbent upon people of good character and intentions to fight the good fight."
Snyder, a Democrat, says he was initially hesitant to "follow a legend," referring to outgoing Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs. (Lee is term-limited and running for state Senate in the 11th District.) Snyder has worked with Lee on multiple restorative justice projects, and shares his fondness for bipartisanship. Health care, transportation and education rank among Snyder's top issue areas, and though he "[doesn't] want to ditch TABOR," he is interested in addressing that amendment's so-called ratchet down effect, as well as reining in state spending on prisons to better fund education.
Snyder joins three other Democrats in the race: Graham Anderson, Terry Martinez and Patrick Rizzo.