Colorado’s population is expected to reach 5.8 million in 2020, and that’s not all. The increase in population could mean an extra member of congress speaking for Colorado.
According to state data, in the last two decades, about 91% of newcomers moved to the Front Range and nearly 8% decided to call the Western Slope home, but what does that mean for the political climate? “It could mean an additional seat somewhere that would represent outlying districts as apposed to the population centers,” says Kevin McCarney with the Mesa County Republican Party.
The new census will start this year, and with an average of 80,000 people moving to Colorado each year since the last decade, Mesa County is sure to grow, and more population means more federal money for Colorado. McCarney has an idea of where he would like the funds to go. “Fix the federal highways might be a place to start. Highway 50, Interstate 70. I don’t know if you’ve driven to Denver lately? You should have to buy an E-ticket ride at Disneyland to get over to Denver because of the bumps and jumps,” says McCarney.
Kevin also has a tip for people who would like to play a more active role in our government. “You wanna have a voice in government, this is the way to do it. The caucus is the most basic form of government, goes all the way back to the Revolution,” says McCarney.
The caucus takes place on March 7 at 10 a.m. for Republicans and 2 p.m. for Democrats.