Al White makes it a three-way race for Colorado Senate District 8 |

Al White makes it a three-way race for Colorado Senate District 8

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John F. Russell

— Former Colorado tourism director and State Senator Al White, whose senate district included Routt County, wants to be your senator again. But this time, White will identify neither as Republican, as he did from 2009 to 2011, nor Democrat.

White announced his intention on March 2 to oppose incumbent State Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) and Democratic challenger Emily Tracy of Breckenridge as an unaffiliated candidate in the November election.

White and his wife, Jean, own a home at 324 Vista Verde Drive in Hayden. Jean White was chosen to serve out the balance of Al White’s last term in the legislature after he was appointed Colorado state tourism director by Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper. Al White resigned that post in 2015, and Jean White ultimately lost her bid for a full term in the Senate in a primary race against Baumgardner.

“It is time we all look past party labels and ideologies,” White said in his announcement. “Instead of being forced by partisan leadership to vote in lock step with a specific party, our district deserves a senator that will vote on each bill based solely on its merit.”

Senate District 8 comprises Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties.

This story will be updated.

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