Candidates get ready for election night
Steamboat Springs — With just two days left until the election, candidates are going out of their way to be seen in public in the wrapup of the 2010 campaign.
Democrat Steve Ivancie and Republican Randy Baumgardner have the most area to cover locally as the two men finish the race for House District 57.
Baumgardner said he plans to spend the weekend near his home in Hot Sulphur Springs and will give a speech in the Fraser Valley area today. On Monday, he will travel to Steamboat Springs and Hayden for one final push before Election Day on Tuesday.
“I’ll be out on the road in the district and meeting people and shaking hands and asking for votes,” he said.
Baumgardner said he has been invited to several election night parties in Steamboat and Denver, but he plans to spend the night at home because it would be a long drive back from either of those places after the results are in.
Steamboat’s Ivancie said he’s going to walk door-to-door in Grand County in the final days.
“It’s been a real honor to run for this seat, and I’m looking forward to it of course coming to a conclusion and getting on with the results,” he said.
He said he has had an enthusiastic response from voters but realizes he is in a conservative district.
Ivancie said he would spend election night at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the downtown courthouse, watching results come in.
Neither Baumgardner nor Ivancie said they planned to spend any more money in the final days of the campaign.
Their Libertarian challenger, Mike Kien, of Oak Creek, has gone the whole campaign without spending any money other than for the required gas to fuel his Subaru as he traveled the district.
He said this campaign has been a success for him as he has spread his views to bigger audiences than he’s had by participating in forums.
Sheriff Gary Wall said he’s wrapping up his campaign this weekend and hasn’t planned any major events because he figures most people already have made up their minds. Wall is facing All Crimes Enforcement Team Cmdr. Garrett Wiggins in a rematch of the 2006 election.
“I’ll just be out in the community seeing people,” Wall said. He said he plans to go to several functions during the weekend. He said he’s not sure where he will spend election night — with friends, at the Routt County Democrats’ party or at home.
Wiggins, who was unavailable for comment Friday, said in a voicemail that he was busy winterizing his house and taking care of his horses during the day.
Coroner Rob Ryg, in his first contested election after seven years on the job, said he plans to do some “flag waving” downtown and spend election night with Routt County Republicans.
He said he’s finished spending money in the campaign, and although he’s optimistic, he has no way of knowing how the election will go.
He’s facing Darrel Levingston and Kevin Nerney in a three-way race. Levingston said he, too, would be out in public as much as possible this weekend.
“I have been doing a few shifts standing on Lincoln Avenue waving at friends,” he said.
“Mostly, it’s just trying to get out and see as many people as you can, and get them out and vote. My race is important to me, but there are a lot of races in this county that are important to the citizens of Routt County that I hope we get a better-than-average election turnout.”
Early voting ended Friday, and regular voting polls will be open Tuesday. A list of polling locations is available on the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office website, http://www.co.routt.co.us.
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