A few Republicans will be in Craig stumping for votes Thursday.
In an effort to educate the community politically, the Moffat County Republican Women are hosting a candidates' forum at noon at the Holiday Inn.
"We try to keep everybody informed on the state and federal level," said Corrie Scott, president of the Republican Women.
All the Republicans running for state offices or Congress were invited, Scott said. Candidates for the 3rd Congressional District, Rep. Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs, and Pueblo Sheriff Dan Corsentino, will be in attendance.
State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, and Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, also will speak at the luncheon. Taylor is running for the 8th Senate District against Jay Fetcher, a rancher from Clark. White is running unopposed.
Each candidate will have 10 minutes to speak, and then the forum will be opened to questions.
There are 30 active members in the Moffat County Republican Women group. The group has been active in the county for 20 years, Scott said. The women regularly bring candidates to Craig during the election season. Greg Walcher, former state Department of Natural Resources director and a 3rd Congressional District candidate, unexpectedly dropped into one of the meetings last winter.
State Rep. Matt Smith, R-Grand Junction, rounds out the 3rd Congressional District field. Scott said the group has not yet taken a stand on which candidate to support.
"My philosophy is the ladies need to listen to the candidates and choose who to support. After the primary, we'll decide if we really want to take a stand," Scott said.
If the group's members feel a Republican candidate is particularly strong, then they'll endorse the candidate, Scott said.
"We have three really good candidates (in the 3rd Congressional District), and we haven't really had a choice in the House or Senate for a while," Scott said, referring to U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell and U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis. Both politicians held multiple terms of office in Congress and were believed to be virtually unbeatable by members of both parties. Both men decided not to seek re-election this year.
Those who attend the luncheon can order a meal off the Holiday Inn's menu, if they wish.
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