Becker elected in state House District 13

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By Ian Neligh

Incumbent Democrat KC Becker won relection in state House District 13 by a wide margin, defeating Republican challenger Michael Hocevar of Georgetown.

Becker captured 67 percent of the vote.

While the margin was closer in Clear Creek, Hocevar failed to carry the county by 30 votes, according to unofficial county results.

"We knew it was going to be a tough election environment, and it being a midterm, that is just how these things go," Becker said.

Becker said her takeaway message from the election was to keep working hard for the district and to continue monitoring its key issues.

"We've got a lot coming up that we've got to work on as a state — even though the economy has improved, we've got state budget issues," Becker said. "… I'm going to be looking forward at what's next and what we need to get done."

Becker said the statewide election results can be interpreted in many different ways, but "ultimately … we've just got to keep our heads down and keep working on solving some of these real-life problems — and I hope that we're able to do that in a way that has a real positive impact for Coloradans," Becker said.

Becker, a former Boulder city councilwoman, was appointed by a vacancy committee to the District 13 seat last year to replace Rep. Claire Levy. Levy left to become executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.

Hocevar was the latest in a series of unsuccessful GOP candidates from Clear Creek in the district; local Republicans have been defeated in HD13 in the past four elections.

Hocevar had previously worked for several political campaigns, most recently in 2012 during Republican Adam Ochs’ failed bid to oust Levy.

Becker has a bachelor of arts degree in government from Virginia’s College of William and Mary and a law degree with a concentration in environmental law from the Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon. She has worked for six years with the federal Department of the Interior,  focusing on Colorado and Wyoming public-land issues. She also attended the University of Denver’s Sturm School of  Business, where she earned a master’s degree in real estate development and construction management.

House District 13 includes Jackson, Grand, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, as well as western portions of the city of Boulder and Boulder County.