Owens will make campaign stop in Craig

Republican Central Committee will host governor at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner

Bill Owens announced Monday that he would seek a second term as Colorado's governor.

On Wednesday, he will tell Craig residents why.

Owens will be in Craig to speak at the Republican Central Committee's biannual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available until noon Wednesday, and are $25 each.

"Although this announcement is not likely to come as a surprise, I believe it is important to make my candidacy official and take the opportunity to define my vision for a second term to voters around the state," Owens stated in a press release.

Owens is on a three-day, 18-city tour of Colorado cities, with Craig being his final stop.

According to Republican Central Committee Chairperson Corrie Scott, nearly 160 of the 200 available seats have been sold.

"This year we're fortunate to have the governor," Scott said. "He's announcing he's running for re-election, and we're the last stop on the tour. We're very excited about this."

In addition to Owens, local Republican candidates for the District 3 Moffat County Commissioner seat, Assessor, Clerk and Recorder, Coroner, Sheriff and County Treasurer will each have three minutes to announce their candidacy.

Guest speakers include Owens, and local teen, Lincoln Cleverly, who places flags around Craig in a show of patriotic spirit.

The project started as a way to earn Eagle Scout Honors.

State Representatives Al White, R-Winter Park, Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs, and Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, were all invited to the dinner, but are currently in session, and were unable to leave the capitol at mid-week.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for the Republican Central Committee, who will earn $5 from the sale of each ticket.

"We give the money to help get local Republican candidates elected," Scott said.

There will also be an auction to raise funds featuring an autographed picture, and golf balls autographed by the four living Republican presidents.

"It's very successful," Scott said. "We usually raise a couple of thousand dollars, but we don't give it to candidates until after the primary election. We use it especially if there is a lot of democratic opposition."

This year's turnout for the dinner is already destined to overtake the average of 125 people.

"We always feel if we get 125 or more, that it's a really good crowd," Scott said.

This year local groups, such as the Boy Scouts, will be taking their members to the dinner to hear Owens speak. About 30 students will attend, Scott said.

"We're always delighted if we can get them started young," she said.

"We're really excited," she said. "It's going to be a good year for the Republicans this election."

Anyone wanting to purchase tickets can call Scott at 824-6222, or stop by her office at 651 Yampa Ave. Tickets are also available from John Ponikvar at Napa Auto Parts, 400 Taylor St.

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