Avon publisher running for Colorado House District 26 as Republican
March 1, 2016
Steamboat Springs — Avon businessman Michael Cacioppo, a Republican, has filed an affidavit with the Colorado Secretary of State confirming his plans to challenge incumbent State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush (D-Steamboat Springs) for the House District 26 seat in the state legislature.
“I'm looking to run a respectful campaign against Ms. Mitsch Bush and offer the voters a choice of visions for the state and for our two-county (Routt and Eagle) district," Cacioppo said March 1. "I plan on helping to create a better business climate with fewer regulations. I want to protect Colorado and its forests. There's a lot to do here."
Cacioppo, who earned a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, publishes the monthly "Business Briefs" newspaper online and with 10,000 copies in print in Eagle County. The paper covers a mix of politics, business, entertainment news and restaurant reviews.
For almost 25 years, Cacioppo ran an audiovisual business, Captain Video, which he said helped 1,100 different clients stage business presentations in the Vail Valley where he had contracts with major hotels.
Cacioppo said that during a short stint on the Vail Town Council in the late 1980s, he urged his fellow council members not to raise taxes to fix the town's roads, which were in disrepair, but to fund the work out of the annual budget instead.
Also in the late ’80s, he said he filed a $600 million lawsuit against Paramount over alleged pollution from the Gilman Mine contaminating the Eagle River.