Democrats to host Friday dinner

The Moffat County Democrats are hosting the Ed Johnson Dinner Friday night at the Craig Holiday Inn.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Rollie Heath, the Democratic Party candidate for Colorado governor.

Locals who will speak include Terry Carwile, a Craig resident seeking the Colorado District 57 House seat, and Don Kroese, a Moffat County resident running for Moffat County sheriff.

Others speaking at the event include a representative from U.S. Senate candidate Tom Strickland's campaign and Christine Pacheco, who is seeking a seat on the Colorado State Board of Education.

Moffat County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Christensen said Friday night's event is an opportunity for local Democrats to meet Democratic Party candidates at a local and state level.

"It gives the candidates a forum at which to speak," Christensen said.

Christensen said the two local Democratic candidates are just regular guys who want to serve in government.

"I like Terry because he's just a working guy who wants to go out and be a part of government," Christensen said. "I like that about both Don Kroese and Terry."

Heath said he intends to talk to residents about healthcare, education and what needs to be done to boost Colorado's economy.

Heath criticized a recent comment made by Gov. Bill Owens when he said "Colorado's on fire."

"I got angry when he said all of the state's on fire," Heath said. "Tourism has basically put out a 'Closed for Business' sign. Comments like that are what scare away out-of-state business."

Heath said he did not have an answer on how chronic wasting disease should be dealt with, but said he understands the concern people have about the disease.

"It's easy to criticize, but I think we waited too long to deal with it," he said. "It has to be taken care of because some people's livelihood depends on it. Bill Owens doesn't have a plan for anything. Everything he does is done in a crisis mode, but we've known about this disease for along time.

"The same goes for the drought," Heath said. "He acts like it came out of nowhere but it's been dry for three years."

Heath said his trip to Craig is important.

"As far as I know there's 64 counties in this state," he said. "I'm going there regardless of the number of people or Democrats. The person's vote in Moffat County is going to count just as much as the person's vote in Denver. I'm coming there for my campaign and I'll be back when I'm governor."

So far 50 people have purchased tickets to Friday's event, which begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, Christensen said. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. at which time each candidate will have time to speak.

Those who would like to attend can call Christensen at 824-7397 or purchase a ticket at the event, Christensen said.

Tickets are $25.

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