Republican state Rep. Clarice Navarro Ratzlaff will step down from her legislative gig to lead the Colorado Farm Services Agency. She made the announcement via Facebook on Friday night and the agency confirmed the appointment this morning. Here’s her official statement from her Facebook page:

“I will officially resign November 12th from the Colorado State Legislature. It was a very difficult decision, and I wish I could call each and every one of you to personally thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative. It has been an honor and a pleasure. Not always easy, but what is in this life? The people of Fremont, Otero and Pueblo Counties are amazing, and I’m counting on them to fill my seat with someone who will serve boldly.

“I leave with mixed emotions, but I’m confident I’ll be able to continue my fight for agriculture and rural America in my next endeavor. I have been appointed to serve in the Trump Administration as the Colorado Farm Service Agency Executive State Director.

“THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for allowing me this incredible journey. We must all continue our fight for a government that is smaller that works for the people. I have loved working for you, and while I’m embarking on a new adventure, I’m proud to say I’ll still be working hard for the good people of Colorado in my new position.”

Navarro Ratzlaff has been a passionate champion of rural issues at the state legislature. We have no doubt she will continue to do amazing things in her new role. Congratulations to Navarro Ratzlaff and her family.

Now, the question is who will take her place in HD47?