Weld County Commisioners hold meeting about forming 51st state

Residents report feeling rural-urban disconnect

People in Weld County held their first public meeting to talk about seceding from Colorado and creating the 51st State.
 
All five Weld County Commissioners attended the meeting, and most residents supported their proposal, saying they wanted to send a message on issues ranging from gun control to water rights to oil and gas regulations.
 
The state of North Colorado would include 11 counties and would take an act of Congress.
Even commissioners admit it's a long shot, but at least now they're not being ignored.
 
"We have to address a growing problem that was clearly evidenced here, tonight. There's a disconnect. People feel politically disenfranchised, and we're trying to figure out a way to reengage," said Sean Conway, a Weld County Commissioner.