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Walcher stops to stump in Steamboat

Melinda Mawdsley

Greg Walcher knows campaign stops can’t always be about big crowds and candidates kissing babies.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of touching base with your core group of supporters and maintaining the energy needed to succeed in a district as large as Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, the Republican candidate said Friday.

And so it was that Walcher stopped at West Lincoln Park in Steamboat Springs, his last stop in a day that included visits to Rangely, Meeker and Craig.

A small group of local supporters gathered near the Soda Creek gazebo across from Bud Werner Memorial Library to snack on baked goods, drink lemonade and talk issues with their choice to replace Scott McInnis in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Walcher called stops such as the one in Steamboat the “nuts and bolts” of a campaign — meeting with supporters who have stood by him since the beginning and continue to campaign on his behalf.

“Everywhere we go, it’s a little like coming home,” said Walcher, former head of the state Department of Natural Resources and a Palisade peach grower. “There are old friends to see and new ones to meet.”

Steamboat residents T.J. and Nadine Sisto make up two members of Walcher’s self-named “T-shirt Brigade” — his group of supporters across the expansive district who sport green Walcher T-shirts.

T.J. Sisto said he’ll vote for Walcher because of his experience, willingness to listen and integrity.

“I think he’ll be able to represent Routt County’s values in Washington, D.C., right away due to his experience,” Sisto said. “A statesman does what’s best for the people, and a politician does what’s best for him. Greg’s a statesman.”

Walcher is the leading fund-raiser in a race between five Republican hopefuls. Walcher faces state Rep. Gregg Rippy, state Rep. Matt Smith, United Airlines pilot and naval reservist Matt Aljanich and Pueblo County Sheriff Dan Corsentino in the Aug. 10 Republican primary.

Walcher won top billing on the primary ballot by collecting the majority of delegate votes at the state Republican convention last month.

— To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com


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