In case you missed it, Brian Watson, former Republican candidate for House District 3, threw his (cowboy?) hat into the ring for State Treasurer. In his press release, he noted he’s the only candidate with the business acumen and experience to effectively watch over the state’s coffers. His first move to financial health? A pledge to not take a salary if elected as State Treasurer.

From his website:

“As one of my campaign pledges, I will not take a salary from the government for serving as Colorado’s Treasurer, as I want to truly serve you, and set a precedent from day one of saving every tax dollar possible to improve our quality of life.”

Well, that’s one way to help the budget, but the biggest challenge of the next State Treasurer will likely be PERA reform. Watson is running against five other Republicans for the GOP nod – State Rep. Polly Lawrence, State Rep. Justin Everett, Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn, District Attorney Brett Barkey, and Sen. Kevin Lundberg. The eventual victor will compete against one of two Democrats for the race.

Watson comes from humble beginnings and was raised in Olathe, Colorado. He founded Northstar Commercial Properties, which has properties in 15 states. The best part of his campaign so far? His logo, which features his horse, Apache.