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Dean to make Aspen visit

John Colson

Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, national Democratic Party chairman and one-time candidate for president, will stump for Democratic candidates next month in Aspen.Dean will hold forth at a fund-raising appearance at The Little Nell from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 25, Pitkin County Democratic Party Chairwoman Camilla Auger announced Wednesday. Call Auger for a ticket.That evening, she said, he will give a free lecture at Harris Concert Hall. Tickets will be available, starting Feb. 6, through the Aspen Music Festival ticket office, which is at Harris Hall and can be reached at 925-9042. Before Feb. 6, the Aspen Institute is offering tickets to its community of donors, high school students and other special guests. Only those with tickets will be able to get into the hall.Dean, 57, was a promising candidate early in the 2004 presidential race. But he dropped out of the race after the infamous “Dean Scream” incident, in the wake of a third-place finish in the Iowa caucus. He threw his support behind U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who lost to President George W. Bush.Dean became chairman of the Democratic Party in 2005. He continues to keep an active political presence on the Internet with his website, Democracy for America and its companion website, Blog for America.Auger said Dean will be here stumping for Democratic candidates and talking with party officials about the 2006 election and other matters.Also, Bill Ritter, whom Auger called the front-runner for the Democrats’ nomination in the Colorado governor’s race, will be in Aspen on Feb. 10.Ritter, a former Denver district attorney facing several opponents for the nomination, will be in Aspen to confer with the party leadership, Auger said, and the event will not be open to the public.

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