It was no easy task to replace former State Sen. Ellen Roberts, but this weekend, southwest Colorado got a new state Senator and a new state Representative. Rep. Don Coram (now Senator) will take Roberts’ seat. Filling Coram’s House seat is Montrose businessman Marcus Catlin.

While readers may be familiar with Coram since he was a member of the State House, Marcus Catlin may be a new name for some. Catlin is a Montrose businessman who has served on the Colorado Water Conservation board. Catlin appeared to have the support of Coram for the seat with Coram nominating Catlin, who beat two other candidates with 48 out of 67 votes.

Coram also won the Senate seat handily with 87 out of 111 votes.

Coram’s new Senate district, Senate District 6, basically encompasses the southwestern part of Colorado, including Montrose, Durango, Cortez, and Pagosa Springs. Coram’s former seat, State House District 58, is part of Senate District 6 and includes Montrose, Telluride, and Cortez. Both Coram and Catlin will start the session as scheduled.

Welcome Rep. Catlin and now-Sen. Coram.