Rep. Gregg Rippy campaigns in Craig

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Although he's been a licensed pilot for 30 years, Rippy was riding in the backseat when his plane landed at the Craig/Moffat County Airport. Rippy is one of six Republicans vying for the party's nomination to replace Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rippy has been touring the 3rd Congressional District since the state legislature session adjourned on Wednesday. Saturday evening, he landed in Grand Junction to celebrate the official start of his candidacy.

Rippy said he was disappointed the Legislature failed to find a solution to Colorado's financial problems.

Reviewing his career in the Legislature, Rippy said he helped secure funding to complete the Elkhead Reservoir expansion project.

Rippy is president of Grand River Construction in Glenwood Springs. He was appointed as a state representative in 2000, and was elected to the office in 2001 and again in 2003. Rippy represented Moffat County in the Legislature before the redistricting in 2001 removed the county from his district.

Rippy's stop at the airport is the second time in a week he has campaigned in Moffat County. He attended the Moffat County Republican Assembly last Saturday to stump for votes at the state assembly June 5. Candidates who collect 30 percent of the vote at the state assembly will be placed on the party's primary ballot in August.

Rippy plans to return to Moffat County again next weekend to attend the Taylor Rippy White golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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