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Local GOP boosts membership

Aspen Times Staff Report

Some of the most influential politicians in the state will gather March 3 on Red Mountain to help Pitkin County Republicans celebrate Abraham Lincoln.

County chairwoman Linda McCausland says she and others in the county party have been working for a year to bolster GOP registration here with some success, and they are hoping the Lincoln Day celebration next week continues that trend.

Since last spring, the county party has grown from just over 2,800 to 3,264 registered voters as of yesterday, according to records at the county clerk’s office.

The lineup next Friday includes a virtual who’s who of Western Slope Republicans – U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis; Colorado Speaker of the House Russell George; Mark Holtzman, director of the Governor’s Office of Innovation and Technology; state Sen. Ken Chlouber, state Rep. Jack Taylor and Aspen City Councilman Tony Hershey.

Celebrants can also size up two possible replacements for George. Kirk Schott from Moffat County and Gregg Rippy from Garfield County are hoping to fill the seat vacated at the end of this term by the Rifle Republican, who will be forced out of office by term limits.

The event will be held at the home of Red Mountain resident Bob West. Tickets cost $50 and $100; proceeds will go to the Pitkin County GOP. Those willing to pay $100 will be invited to the ceremony early, so they can spend a little more time with the elected officials.

A shuttle will provide rides from the Rio Grande parking garage to the West residence. For more information, call McCausland at 925-4216 or check out the GOP Web site at http://www.pitkingop.com.


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