Some may call Emily Tracy a candidate looking for an office. The moniker fits – Tracy has run unsuccessfully for the state legislature in 2002, 2004, 2012, and now she is challenging Republican State Senator Randy Baumgardner in SD-8, a district that covers the northwest corner of Colorado and extends east to Silverthorne and Grand Lake.
It’s probably not going to work out this time either.
The Colorado Mountain College Sustainability professor likes to embrace of junk science of the anti-fracking movement, and that just doesn’t play well in an area of the state that derives so much economic activity from the energy industry.
By re-tweeting propaganda about “oil spills” and getting in bed with radical environmentalists such as Conservation Colorado, a group that strongly advocated for the unpopular 2,500 foot setbacks and “local control” ballot measures, Tracy is showing that she is out of touch with the people that she would represent on the Western Slope, and common sense Coloradans across the state.
Like many on the Democratic side of the aisle, Tracy pays lip service to job creation, but her actions restrain the creation of private sector jobs. It would be comical, if it wasn’t so serious, that this Western Slope candidate is against oil and gas exploration, yet she highlights on her website a goal to “create real economies on the Western Slope so our children and grandchildren don’t have to move to the Front Range for a good-paying job.”
Here’s a clue: look under your feet – Western Colorado is sitting on top of enough resources to help fuel American energy independence for decades.
Emily Tracy – thanks for trying out, but we think western Colorado voters are going to take a pass. Again.