GRAND JUNCTION, CO – With 101,807 votes cast in the election to represent the Colorado 3rd District in the US House of Representatives, Diane Mitsch Bush emerged victorious over her opponent, businessman entrepreneur James Iacino.
In an email to her supporters, Mitsch Bush thanked voters, her volunteers, activists, and other supporters, especially her husband.
“Most of all, I want to thank my husband, Michael Paul. He is my rock and my best political advisor. Michael is always there for me through thick and thin; he is my best friend—always.”
Mitsch Bush garnered 62,507 votes, 61.4% of the votes cast, while Iacino captured 39,300. In Mesa County, out of 15,895 votes, Mitsch Bush received 10,414 (65.5%). Rifle County, which saw 7,184 votes cast, Mitsch Bush received 4,858 (67.62%).
Mitsch Bush, who represented Colorado House District 26 in the State House of Representatives from 2013-2017 and as Routt County Commissioner in 2006, is a former professor of sociology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. She is running on a liberal progressive platform that supports comprehensive immigration reform, including making DACA permanent; expanded family leave; abortion/reproductive rights; ending fossil fuel subsidies; protect public lands; expand environmental protections; expanding infrastructure projects; just transition for workers in the oil, coal, and gas industries; and a number of other issues that affect all Americans, especially the working and middle class.
Mitsch Bush will be squaring off against the winner of the Republican primary, freshman politician Lauren Boebert, a business owner in Rifle who defied state and county health experts by reopening her restaurant, Shooters Grille, in May.
Boebert handily defeated the Trump-backed five-term incumbent, Scott Tipton, receiving 54.62% of the 104,628 votes cast, but Boebert isn’t too far from her erstwhile opponent’s own positions. She’s running on a MAGA agenda, gun rights, and limited government.