Big weekend for Democrats |

Big weekend for Democrats

Visit from Rep. John Salazar, picnic on schedule for party

Bus driver Gabriel Gassaway switches with another city bus driver Thursday at the Stock Bridge Transit Center. U.S. Rep. John Salazar, who visits Steamboat today, secured more than $625,000 in funding for transportation needs in the city. Much of the money will be used for refurbishing city buses.
John F. Russell

If You Go

What: Fundraiser for U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today

Where: Home of Holly and Gary Nelson, 33855 Canyon Court.

Directions: From Old Town, take U.S. Highway 40 south and turn left on Catamount Drive, just after Haymaker Golf Course. Drive 1.5 miles, then turn right on Canyon Court. The Nelson's is the first house on your left.

Contact: Call Paige Gebhardt at 971-221-5740 to RSVP, or e-mail paige@salazar2006...

Donation: Suggested contribution is $100.

What: Picnic in the Park with numerous Democratic candidates

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: The lawn between Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Call: Lynn Abbott, secretary of the Routt County Democratic Party, at 970-870-6673 for more information.

— Routt County Democrats have significant events scheduled today and Saturday.

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Democrat running for re-election, will visit Steamboat Springs today for an afternoon tour of the Steamboat Springs Transit Operations Center on 13th Street and a fundraiser at a private residence tonight.

Saturday, county Democrats will host a Picnic in the Park at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, featuring speeches from party candidates in local and regional races.

“It’s amazing how many things we have on our plate right now,” Lynn Abbott, secretary of the Routt County Democratic Party, said earlier this month.

Salazar, a San Luis Valley rancher, will tour the transit center with members of the Steamboat Springs City Council to see how city officials have begun to spend the more than $625,000 in transportation funding that Salazar secured for Steamboat as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s discretionary funding for Colorado.

Steamboat Springs Transportation Director George Krawzoff said the city has spent more than $175,000 from the funds to replace vehicle hoists at the transit center, allowing for safer and more effective maintenance on city vehicles, including buses. The rest of the funding will be spent to refurbish city buses, extending their use by as many as seven years and saving the city from spending $250,000 for each new city bus, Krawzoff said.

After the transit center tour, Salazar will attend a fundraiser at the home of Holly and Gary Nelson. Salazar is running to represent Colorado’s Third Congressional District against Republican challenger Scott Tipton, a Cortez businessman.

Saturday afternoon, county Democrats will convene for Picnic in the Park at the community center. Abbott said the event will feature games and prizes for children, snacks and beverages.

Candidates scheduled to speak include Grand Coun-

ty Democrat Andy Gold, who is running to represent House District 57 in the state Legislature against veteran incumbent Al White, R-Winter Park; Steve Ludwig, candidate for University of Colorado Regent; Diane Mitsch Bush, who is running for Routt County commissioner against Republican Paul Strong; Mike Kerrigan, who is running for county assessor against Republican Dick Klumker and unaffiliated candidate Nancy Terry; and Gary Wall, who is running for county sheriff against Republican Garrett Wiggins.

Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chair of the Routt County Republican Party, said Wiggins has the “100 percent support” of the party after his victory over Ray Birch in Tuesday’s primary.

In an e-mail to local Republicans this week, Schubert-Akin said a Republican Unity Rally is coming “in the very near future.”

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