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Delta Co. commissioner plans Senate bid

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” Delta County Commissioner Wayne Wolf is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate and says he’ll focus on issues rather than divisions between him and his opponent.

The western Colorado rancher announced his candidacy Wednesday in front of the Mesa County Courthouse.

Former GOP Congressman Bob Schaffer of Fort Collins and Democratic Rep. Mark Udall of Boulder County also want to replace Sen. Wayne Allard, a Republican who isn’t seeking a third term.

The race is expected to be one of the fiercest in the country because of the Democrats’ narrow majority in the Senate.

Wolf, a second-term commissioner, said he won’t wage the kind of bitter intraparty battle that characterized the 2006 governor’s race. The campaigns of Republicans Bob Beauprez and Marc Holtzman attacked each other and Holtzman went to court but failed to get on the ballot after the secretary of state said he didn’t have enough signatures on petitions.

Democrat Bill Ritter was elected to succeed Republican Bill Owens, who couldn’t seek a third term because of term limits.

“I don’t think we need to have a divisive campaign, but we can have an interesting campaign,” Wolf said.

Instead of directly confronting Schaffer, Wolf said he plans to concentrate on such issues as the struggles of local governments with unfunded mandates from Congress.

Wolf, a fifth-generation Coloradan, said he has long planned to run for the Senate and was drawn to the race because it is an open seat. He plans several stops across Colorado this month before filing official papers on Oct. 1.