Democrats host seniors lunch today |

Democrats host seniors lunch today

Brent Boyer

Free lunch isn’t the only thing on today’s menu for Routt County senior citizens.

The Routt County Democratic Party is sponsoring today’s seniors lunch at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, which will feature appearances from local Democratic elected official Doug Monger and candidates Ken Brenner, Todd Hagenbuch and Tammy Stewart.

The lunch begins at noon and is free for seniors.

“We do it every year,” said Catherine Carson, chairwoman of the Routt County Democratic Party. “It’s an incredible opportunity for us to get together with the seniors.”

Carson also said the lunch allows Democrats to support a healthy nutritional program for area senior citizens as well as giving a boost to the Routt County Council on Aging, which hosts the daily lunches at the community center.

Of course, with a critical election campaign season quickly winding down, it won’t hurt the Democrats to have one-on-one discussions with a traditionally strong voting bloc.

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“(Senior citizens) are always really well-informed on the candidates and the issues,” Carson said. “They’re a great group to chat with.”

Monger is the Routt County commissioner representing the western part of the county. Brenner is running against state Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, for the state Senate District 8 seat being vacated by term-limited Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs. Hagenbuch is a Phippsburg resident seeking to replace White in the Legislature; his opponent is Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs. Stewart is the Democratic candidate for district attorney. She is running against Republican Elizabeth Oldham.

Routt County Republicans hosted a pig roast for seniors in late September. The local Democratic Party also purchased a pig during the Routt County Fair in August; the party donated it to LIFT-UP of Routt County. The Democrats collected 800 nonperishable food items in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention in August and also donated them to LIFT-UP.