Candidate to visit with Craig residents

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The former Denver district attorney who a recent poll showed is leading the governor's race will campaign in Craig this weekend.

Bill Ritter will be at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. at 12:30 p.m. Sun--day.

Ritter, a Dem--ocrat, is one of four candidates in the governor's race.

A Denver Post poll this month reported Ritter ahead of the leading Republican, U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, by 6 percentage points. The poll reported 20 percent of the 625 respondents were undecided about the governor's race.

Ritter also finished ahead of Republican Marc Holtzman in the Denver Post poll.

Ritter, 49, grew up on a farm east of Denver. The father of four, he served as Denver's district attorney from 1993 to 2004.

Ritter jumped to the front of the Democratic ticket when Denver Mayor John Hicken--looper announced this month he would not run for governor. Gary Lindstrom, a state representative from Summit County, also is seeking the Democratic nomination.

Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican, is leaving office because of term limits.

Sunday will mark Ritter's first campaign stop in Moffat County.

Evan Dreyer, a spokesman for Ritter, said Sunday's campaign stop would give voters a chance to meet Ritter and ask him questions.

Ritter will give a short speech before taking questions, Dreyer said.

"It's an opportunity for county Democrats and the general public to get know Bill," Dreyer said.

Ritter also will stop in Steam--boat Springs and Meeker this weekend.

Terry Carwile, the chairman of the Moffat County Democratic Party, said he plans to ask Ritter about water issues and higher education.

With the November election eight months away, voters are still learning about candidates, Carwile said.

"It's real early in the game," Carwile said.

Beauprez visited Craig during the summer to meet with local Republicans.

Lindstrom and Holtzman have not made campaign stops in Craig.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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