3rd District congressional candidates speak out: John Salazar, Democrat

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The upcoming election in November has given all of us the opportunity to come together and affect real change.

I'm a fifth-generation Colorado farmer and rancher, and I'm proud to have supported my family by working the same land that my great-great grandfather settled more than 150 years ago. I'm a U.S. Army veteran, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a candidate for Congress in Colorado's 3rd District.

As a water district board member and state Legislator, I have fought to protect Western Slope and rural water. When powerful front-range interests wanted to take our water,

I fought alongside friends of mine from both parties to unite the entire 3rd District against the unsuccessful Referendum A.

My experiences with my family have defined who I am today. My father was a World War II veteran who suffered from Alzheimer's, so I know firsthand the need to improve our health care system, how we must take care of those who have taken care of us.

I support guaranteed funding for veterans' health care. I support giving companies tax cuts for providing health insurance for their employees. And I support bipartisan legislation to create a market- driven solution to lowering the cost of prescription drugs through bulk-purchasing pools.

My wife, Mary Lou, and I still work the seed potato farm that has been in my family for generations. I know firsthand what it means to get your hands dirty and fight to make a living.

To improve our rural economy I support creating incentives for companies that create good paying jobs here in America and will work to eliminate tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs overseas.

My son, Esteban, served two tours of duty in the National Guard. I know firsthand what it means to fear for the safety and security of your children and share in their hopes and dreams.

My experiences with my family have taught me the rural values of honesty, integrity, and hard work, and have helped me appreciate the challenges faced by so many of us in rural Colorado.

I pledge to fight for the values of our community.

I will continue to protect rural Colorado's water rights, because water is the lifeblood of our community.

I will work to provide affordable access to health care for our families and make sure that our seniors can afford the prescription drugs they need.

And I will work to provide tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses, to energize our rural economy.

In November, I hope to continue to fight for Colorado's rural values as our next member of Congress.

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