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McInnis campaign to stop in Glenwood

John StroudGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

Scott McInnis

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Former Third District Congressman Scott McInnis brings his gubernatorial campaign tour to his native hometown next week.McInnis, who is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter next year, will make a campaign stop at the Glenwood Business Center, 270 Center St. (behind the Glenwood Springs Mall), beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday. McInnis will make an address at 6 p.m.The event will include a special appearance by award-winning country music singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphy. There will also be live music by Starcher Hutsen and light refreshments.McInnis was born and raised in Glenwood Springs and, after earning his law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, returned to Glenwood to start a law practice.He also launched his political career in Glenwood Springs in 1982, winning election to the Colorado House of Representatives from the 57th District.He went on to serve 10 years in the state Legislature, becoming the House majority leader before being elected to Congress from the Third District in 1992. He was re-elected to another five terms in Congress, where he sat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.During McInnis’ tenure in Congress he and wife Lori relocated from their home on Silt Mesa to Grand Junction, where they continue to reside. McInnis left Congress in 2004 to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector, joining the law firm of Hogan & Hartson.Next week’s campaign tour will also include stops in Grand Junction Tuesday morning at the Two Rivers Convention Center, followed by afternoon and evening stops in Montrose and Ouray later that day. Additional tour stops will be in Pagosa Springs, Alamosa, Walsenburg and Woodland Park.McInnis is one of three Republicans running for governor. Also seeking the party’s nomination are former McInnis Congressional staffer Josh Penry of Grand Junction and Dan Maes of Evergreen.McInnis has been running ahead in statewide polls. However, a strong majority of state Republican Party leaders favored Penry in a straw poll taken during the party’s annual meeting in Denver last week.jstroud@postindependent.com

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