North Routt candidate forum Friday |

North Routt candidate forum Friday

— Smoked pig at noon, candidate forum in the evening.

Two political events are on the calendar in Routt County on Friday: the 14th annual Senior Citizens’ Pig Roast Luncheon, hosted by the Routt County Republican Party at noon at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, and a candidate forum at North Routt Fire Station #2, beginning at 6 p.m. at the fire station north of Hahn’s Peak village on Routt County Road 129.

Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chair of the county Republican Party, said the pig roast is “a completely non-partisan” event that provides senior citizens in Routt County a chance to mingle with political candidates.

“The county Republican Party bought a 4-H pig at the Routt County Fair in August,” Schubert-Akin said. “We had the meat processed, and (Hayden resident) Sam Haslem will start roasting it in the wee hours of the morning – he’s a wonderful cook.”

Schubert-Akin said the luncheon is a popular social event for seniors.

“There should be quite a crowd,” she said. “It’s wall-to-wall people every year.”

The turnout for tonight’s candidate forum in North Routt is less certain, organizer B.J. Vale said.

“Some years we get a good crowd, other years less so,” said Vale, a Clark resident. “It’s hard to tell what’s going to happen until people show up.”

Vale said several candidates and local politicians are scheduled to attend the forum, including Republican state Rep. Al White and Democrat Andy Gold, Grand County residents who are running for the state House of Representatives; Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush and Republican Paul Strong, candidates for Routt County commissioner; Garrett Wiggins, Republican candidate for Routt County Sheriff; Dick Klumker, Republican candidate for Routt County assessor; and Republican state Sen. Jack Taylor, who has two years remaining on his term.

Vale said Thursday that she had not yet heard from Gary Wall, the Democratic candidate for county sheriff, or from a spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter.

Steamboat resident Rick Akin will speak for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, Vale said. Akin is the county chair of the Beauprez campaign.

Vale said she has been organizing candidate forums “for years,” to offer her North Routt neighbors a chance for information about political issues and campaigns.

The topics at forums over the years have varied, she said.

“We have quite a diverse group up here,” Vale said. “We get a lot of questions from a lot of different sources and people. I’m just hoping to get a good crowd.”

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