CSU students played a large part in Democratic candidate Bob
Bacon’s win over Republican Ray Martinez in the race for the
District 14 state Senate seat.
Bacon, who focused on higher education in his campaign, won a
majority of the votes cast on the CSU campus, according to
officials at the Larimer County Democratic Headquarters.
“I am pleased young people were involved,” Bacon said in his
acceptance speech. “I’ve never seen so many young people be
Bacon was a teacher in the area for 35 years, both in the Poudre
School District and at Front Range Community College, before he
retired and began his foray into politics. From 1997 to 2002 he
served as Colorado state representative for House District 53. Now
he will fill Peggy Reeves’ position in the state Senate as she
steps down because of term limitations.
“I know that Peggy Reeves’ shoes are big to fill,” Bacon said.
“She has set a standard for us in Fort Collins.”
Bacon beat Martinez by a margin of almost 15 points, taking
55.62 percent of the vote while Martinez received 40.94 percent,
according to final unofficial results on the Larimer County Web
site, www.larimer.org. Libertarian candidate Mark Brophy took 3.44
percent of the vote.
Martinez will step down as mayor of Fort Collins in April
because of term limitations after serving for three terms.
“We didn’t think it would be that big of a spread,” Martinez
Martinez also lost a bid for Fort Collins City Council District
3 in 1997; however, he said he is positive about his campaign.
“One of the things we know we did win in is we ran a clean
campaign,” he said. “Money can win an election, it really can.”
Bacon said he saw his election into the state Senate as a sign
of unity and progress.
“This election shows how people pulling together can achieve a
great thing for Fort Collins,” he said.
Angie Paccione, who won the position in the Colorado House of
Representatives that Bacon vacated in 2002, celebrated Bacon’s win
and her own.
” Bob has brought home the bacon for us,” she said.
*Collegian reporters Brian Park and Lila Hickey contributed to