Beauprez to stop in Craig

Governor hopeful to meet local GOP today at Tin Cup

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The governor's race may be more than a year away, but campaigning for the state's chief executive office has already started.

Rep. Bob Beauprez, one of two Republicans vying for the seat vacated by Gov. Bill Owens, will be in Craig Saturday to meet with Northwest Colorado Republicans.

Beauprez represents Colorado's 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of representatives. The 7th district encompasses much of suburban Denver.

John Marshall, Beauprez's campaign coordinator, said the Congressman will be at the Tin Cup restaurant at the Yampa Valley Golf Course from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Ron Danner, chairman of the Moffat County Republican Party, said a handful of local Republicans will be on hand to meet Beauprez.

"It will be more of a social thing," Danner said.

As a member of The Memorial Hospital board of directors, Danner said he hopes to discuss health care with the congressman.

Beauprez's only confirmed opposition for the Republican nomination is former University of Denver president and Colorado Technology Secretary Marc Holtzman.

Danner hasn't endorsed Holtzman or Beauprez yet. He said as chairperson, he will remain neutral until the party nominates someone in May.

Gov. Owens endorsed Beauprez earlier this month.

Former District 3 Representative Scott McInnis is also rumored to be considering running for the Republican nomination.

"He's definitely someone who's mentioned as a candidate," Colorado Republican Party communications director Rachael Sunbarger said.

On the Democratic side, businessman and Bighorn Policy Institute founder Rutt Bridges and former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter are campaigning for the nomination.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com

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