North Routt forum tonight |

North Routt forum tonight

Candidates and local politicians scheduled to attend

If you go

What: Candidates forum in North Routt

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: North Routt Fire Station No. 2, north of Hahn's Peak Village on Routt County Road 129

Call: B.J. Vale at 879-3850 for more information or to volunteer to take an appetizer or dessert

What: 14th annual Senior Citizens Pig Roast Luncheon, sponsored by the Routt County Republican Party

When: Noon today

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center

Call: Jeanne Whiddon at 734-4074 for more information

— Smoked pork at noon, candidates forum in the evening.

Two political events are on the calendar in Routt County today: 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 candidates forum at North Routt Fire Station No. 2. The forum begins at 6 p.m. at the station north of Hahn’s Peak Village on Routt County Road 129.

Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairwoman of the Routt County Republican Party, said the pig roast is “a completely nonpartisan” 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 candidates 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 numerous 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 on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, Vale said. Akin is the Routt County chairman of the Beauprez campaign.

Vale said she has been organizing candidates forums for many years to offer her North Routt neighbors a chance to make informed decisions on Election Day.

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.”

– To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail

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