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Republicans to gather in Carbondale

Jeremy Heiman

U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Rep. Scott McInnis and numerous other officials and candidates will regale Republicans from around the region with speeches on Saturday.

The second annual Republican Regional Round-up Bar-B-Q will take place at Kathy and Dick Stephenson’s Crystal Springs Ranch near Carbondale. The event will be an opportunity for Republicans to meet officials and candidates for local, state and national offices.

“It’s just kind of a jamboree to get out the vote and meet other Republicans,” said Linda McCausland, Pitkin County Republican Party chairwoman. Party members from 16 counties are expected.

At the Round-up, candidates and officials will be introduced, and will deliver short speeches, McCausland said. A band will perform and a dance floor will be available. On the menu will be barbecued beef, potato salad and cookies, along with all kinds of other food, she said.

“It’s really not a fund-raiser,” McCausland said. There will, however, be an admission charge of $25 for adults – $20 of that will go to cover expenses, with $5 going to the local party organization, she said.

“It’s really just to get the people to come out and meet their officials,” she said.

Elected officials committed to attend, in addition to Campbell and McInnis, include Colorado Speaker of the House Russell George, state Rep. Jack Taylor, state Sen. Ken Chlouber, state Sen. Ron Teck, State Rep. Gayle Berry, state Rep. Kay Alexander, Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson, Colorado State Treasurer Mike Coffman and Board of Education members Pat Chlouber and Ben Alexander.

Department of Natural Resources chief Greg Walcher will speak, as well.

Also expected are Greg Rippy, a candidate for the Colorado House in the 57th District, and Ken Swinehart, who is running for the House in District 61. Russell George, of Rifle, occupies the seat in the 57th District, but term limits prevent him from seeking another term. The district includes parts of Pitkin County, including Pitkin Green, Snowmass Village, Meadowood and the Airport Business Center.

The District 61 seat, which includes Aspen and areas to the east, is occupied by Democrat Carl Miller.

Also committed to attend are 56th District candidates Bill Haight and Al White. State Rep. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs, who is running for the Colorado Senate, now occupies that seat. Taylor will run in the 8th District.

To get tickets to the Round-up, or for more information, contact McCausland at 925-4216 or Peter Nicklin at 925-5458. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children, age 12 and younger. The event will go on rain or shine.


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