This month’s Reagan Club get-together will feature both of the Republican candidates for the office of State Treasurer.

On Thursday, July 6, we will be hearing from Rep. Justin Everett and Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn.



The July meeting will be held at Amazing Grace Church at 541 E 99th Pl. Thornton, CO. Doors open at 6:00PM-meetings usually end at 8:30PM.

Wear your Reagan buttons and be ready to win more Reagan bucks in our ongoing contest!

Member tickets are $20, non-member $25. You can still get early bird tickets for $15 before Tuesday July 4th. Early registration is encouraged, and you can get an additional ten Reagan Bucks by registering early!

Make your reservation via the Reagan Club of Colorado web-site at:

Have a wonderful Independence Day Holiday,

Fred Ramirez
Reagan Club of Colorado

Brita Horn joins race for Colorado treasurer, hoping to bring her Routt County community involvement ways to the job

Brita Horn hopes to bring her experiences in Routt County to the state’s treasurer post

The list of names in the 2018 race for Colorado treasurer grew Tuesday with the addition of Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn, who made a name for herself last year by challenging Peabody Energy’s overdue tax payments and representing the state’s GOP at the Republican National Convention.

“As state treasurer, I want to make sure that our children have the Colorado future they deserve,” she said in an interview with The Denver Post. “We all have to tighten our belts sometimes, and we really have to start putting our money behind our future.”

Horn has long been involved in her community, working as an emergency medical technician and substitute teacher. Most recently, she’s been leading — after helping form — the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department, in addition to her county treasurer duties.

It’s the first statewide race, however, for Horn, who is vying to replace term-limited Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a Republican said to be mulling a run for governor. Horn said she wants to continue where Stapleton left off and help address funding problems with the state’s Public Employees’ Retirement Association, known as PERA.

“It’s just showing that same kind of public service, giving back to others,” Horn said of why she is interested in the job. “Giving back is something in my heart and soul.”

Horn says her work as Routt County’s treasurer since 2014, raising two daughters, being the wife of a rancher and managing her family’s finances give her the experience she needs for the post.

“It’s about the dream. It’s the people’s money,” she said. “When you start having that mindset that we are working for the greater good and the future, you can start tackling (the issues).”

Horn was a Republican delegate for the 2016 presidential electionwho initially pledged support for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas before backing Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

She also grabbed headlines in August 2016 when she rejected checks for roughly $1.8 million in overdue property taxes from bankrupt coal company Peabody Energy because they fell short — by about $91,000 — of the amount due. Ultimately, Horn and Peabody reached an accord for the full amount owed, she said, despite pressures that she accept the lesser payments to help her cash-strapped community.

“By law, if my office can’t offer a tax break to a single mom who worries about feeding her children,” she said in a statement at the time, “I’m not going to offer one to a multinational corporation that just asked the bankruptcy court to pay its executives $12 million in bonuses.”

Horn is the third person to join the race for treasurer. State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, and state Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Adams County, have filed for the contest. Several others are said to also be considering a run for the post.

Littleton Republican Justin ‘Neverett’ Everett launches campaign for state treasurer in 2018

by Ernest Luning on April 18, 2017

State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, sits for an interview on March 7, 2017, in the west foyer of the state Capitol in Denver. On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Everett officially launched his campaign for Colorado state treasurer. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

State Rep. Justin Everett, a Littleton Republican, announced Tuesday morning that he’s running for state treasurer in next year’s election.

“We need a chief financial officer of the state who is willing to make tough decisions and weigh in on policy, whether it’s federal block grants or school finance or PERA [the state’s Public Employees’ Retirement Association] or even tax increases for funding for transportation, which are completely unnecessary, by the way,” Everett told The Colorado Statesman in an interview on Monday. “That’s why we’re announcing on tax day — the No. 1 job of the treasurer is to protect taxpayers, and I’m not afraid to make tough decisions that affect taxpayers on policy.”

Everett, who was elected to his third term representing Jefferson County’s House District 22 in November, is the first Republican to declare he’s running in what could be a crowded primary field. The incumbent, Republican Walker Stapleton, is term-limited and is considering a run for governor. State Rep. Steve Lebsock, a Thornton Democrat, several weeks ago became the first candidate to announce a bid for the office.

Known around the Capitol as “Dr. No” and “Justin Neverett” — “I have a reputation for voting ‘no’ quite a bit and being the adult in the room,” he says, shrugging at organizations that consistently rank him as the most negative lawmaker and the most conservative one to boot —Everett prides himself on reading every line of every bill and every amendment before casting his vote, and he says that’s a reason he votes against measures more often than not.

“It’s my responsibility as a state representative,” Everett said, expressing some dismay that the practice counts as anything special, although he acknowledges it’s a distinction he’ll point out when people ask why he votes “no” so often.

“A lot of bills sound great until you read everything that’s in them,” he said with a smile. “Even though my positions may not all be politically popular, I feel very confident with what I’ve done the last five years looking out for taxpayers and making sure we’re fiscally responsible.”

State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, talks with a reporter on March 2, 2017, at his legislative office in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

The state treasurer manages roughly $6.5 billion in more than 750 state funds and is an ex officio member of the PERA board.  Everett noted that he’s run a number of bills addressing PERA’s operations and said he plans to focus on the retirement plan if he’s elected.

“We have a $30 billion unfunded liability with PERA,” he said. “It needs more transparency — we need to find out what that number is and what their investment strategy is. We’ve kicked the can so far down the road, we’re going to have to make tougher decisions than we would have in the past.”

While he says Stapleton has done a good job with the office’s many duties, Everett said he plans to take a look at the office’s investment strategy with an eye toward increasing yields on the state’s funds.

“We can always do better,” he said. “We’re looking at a 1 1/2-2 percent return; why can’t we be at 3 or 4 percent while still minimizing risk? You want to be conservative enough where we are not putting things at risk but aggressive enough that we can grow our portfolio.”

In addition, he said he envisions a more vocal role as treasurer.

State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, ponders a question while speaking with a reporter on March 2, 2017, at his legislative office in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

“I think you need to have a treasurer willing to weigh in on more fiscal issues and have a louder voice, especially on things coming down from Washington,” Everett said.

Noting that he has an MBA with an emphasis on finance and investments —he consulted on raising venture capital and managing growth for startups before transitioning to work focusing on alternative dispute resolution — Everett said he’ll consider getting a Bloomberg terminal to provide the office with immediate market intelligence for the occasions when that’s essential.

Other Republicans said to be considering a run for state treasurer include state Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Roxborough Park, businessman and former legislative candidate Brian Watson, Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn and Republican National Committeeman and former congressional candidate George Leing.

“I don’t think anyone else thinking of running has a record of protecting taxpayers and making fiscal responsible decisions,” Everett said. “You want somebody you can rely on and can count on based on what they’ve done.”

Everett said he plans to go through the caucus and assembly process to get on next year’s primary ballot.

While he’s been traveling the state representing the House GOP caucus at Lincoln Day dinners and other Republican events — visiting 18 counties in the past two months, he said — Everett admitted that it’s not a bad way for a potential statewide candidate to get to know voters, either.

“We cannot ignore rural Colorado and other parts of the state that are not metro Denver. Anyone who’s running for statewide office has to realize that,” he said. “No one’s going to outwork me.”


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The Reagan Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at The Amazing Grace Community Church ( 541 E 99th Pl, Thornton, CO, 80229) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m.. We feature different programs and speakers as we honor the 40th President. The Reagan Club of Colorado seeks to promote the Constitution, smaller government, lower taxes, personal freedom, helping candidates, and educating the public about one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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