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Colorado Senate District 6

Colorado's District 6 covers Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores, San Juan, Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Mineral, Saguache, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla counties. As of December 1, 2023 SD 6 has 138,578 registered voters, placing it as the 7th largest of the 35 Senate Districts in Colorado. With it's fourteen counties, the district covers the largest number of individual counties and has the largest square footage. 


Durango Herald, 01/18/2024 

Giving voters an option, Vivian Smotherman enters Senate District 6 race


Vivian Smotherman, a farmer and a veteran who spent over 20 years working in oil and gas, has announced her candidacy for the Colorado Senate District 6 seat held by Sen. Cleave Simpson. 


She said that affordable housing, school funding and safety, and rural health care are her top three priorities.


The three issues are tightly connected in many ways, she said. As a recent arrival to Southwest Colorado, a teacher’s spouse and a student herself, Smotherman says she knows firsthand how challenging the housing market is, and how it drives educators and medical professionals from the community., 01/17/2024

Durango Democrat announces Senate bid


Durango Democrat Vivian Smotherman has announced she will run against Sen. Cleave Simpson for the Senate District 6 seat this November. She becomes the Alamosa Republican’s first challenger since his district was redrawn to include Ouray County in 2023.


“It comes down to everybody has to vote their conscience. I think I offer a broader perspective on all of the issues that are going to face the citizens of Southwest Colorado, the constituents that live in District 6. I have a much better ability, a strong ability to look at problems from different perspectives and find creative solutions,” Smotherman said. “(Voters) have to look at what my values are and look at my history and background and ask if I’m the kind of person that they would trust to represent them.”

Alamosa Citizen, 01/11/2024

State legislative races draw challengers

Vivian Smotherman has filed to be a challenger to State. Sen. Cleave Simpson for the Colorado Senate District 6 seat. Smotherman is a Democrat from Durango who will take on the Republican from Alamosa. “The legislative issues I feel are central to my decision to run include improving and protecting Colorado’s education system, strengthening and expanding Colorado’s rural healthcare network and services, and finding ways to address Colorado’s critical shortage of affordable housing,” she said in her campaign announcement.

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