DENVER – State Representative and Congressional candidate Joe Miklosi is under fire for skipping town.
In a press release today, conservative group Compass Colorado called on Miklosi to resign his House seat for moving outside of the district he represents in the legislature for his Congressional campaign.
Rep. Miklosi (D-Denver) currently represents Denver-based House District 9 in the State House, but he recently moved to Aurora to run for Congress in the 6th Congressional district.
Colorado law only specifies that legislators or legislative candidates live in the district for the 12 months preceding the election. That means Miklosi’s move to Aurora is legal, even if it’s not entirely politically advantageous.
Federal rules, on the other hand, only require that Members of Congress live in the state where their district is located.
“If Joe Miklosi refuses to live in the district he represents, like other legislators, then he should resign his seat immediately,” said T.Q. Houlton, president of Compass Colorado. “Joe Miklosi can’t represent his Denver constituents while living and campaigning in Aurora.”
Miklosi’s campaign previously confirmed that he moved to Aurora in February and records at the Secretary of State’s office show that Miklosi registered to vote at his new Aurora residence on February 27.
A request to the Miklosi campaign for comment was not immediately returned.