Beauprez taps Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as running mate

Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella has been chosen to be Bob Beauprez's running mate.

Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella has been chosen to be Bob Beauprez's running mate.

DENVER — Bob Beauprez, who won the Colorado GOP’s gubernatorial nomination a week ago, has settled on Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as his choice for lieutenant governor.

Beauprez is set to introduce Repella, a single mother of three, at a press conference on Wednesday before setting off on a statewide tour with the three men he beat in last week’s primary, Tom Tancredo, Scott Gessler and Mike Kopp.

Beauprez’s campaign tells FOX31 Denver that Repella was the first choice all along and that the campaign only offered the position to her, but that research was done on other possible candidates, including state Sen. Ellen Roberts and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Deirdre Garcia, in case Repella had said no.

Repella was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. She cannot seek another term because of term limits.

Repella is a graduate of the University of Denver and Colorado State University.

In 2006, Beauprez chose Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland as his running mate, which blew up almost immediately as the press focused on her comments against gay marriage, which she likened to a “man marry[ing] a sheep.”

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