Bob Schaffer to visit Craig on Wednesday

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• What: Public appearance by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer

• When: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29

• Where: Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

- The event is free and open to the public. Organizers expect about a 10-minute introductory speech from Schaffer and will leave the rest of the time open for audience questions.

Bob Schaffer, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 general election, plans to appear Wednesday in Craig to speak briefly and answer questions.

The former U.S. congressman for Colorado is scheduled to be in town from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The visit will include about 45 to 50 minutes of audience questions.

Schaffer did not represent Moffat County directly during his former stint in Washington, D.C., but was the representative for the state's Fourth Congressional District from 1996 to 2003. The district encompasses most of the Eastern Plains, as well as Fort Collins, Greely and Longmont.

However, his press secretary, Kelly Brady, said he plans to touch on a few issues during a short 10-minute speech that specifically concern Northwest Colorado, such as energy production.

Schaffer "has an all-of-the-above approach (to energy), as far as domestic drilling and renewable energy," she said.

He also supports fast-paced development of oil shale technology and reducing government barriers for companies to lease land with shale underneath so production can begin when technology is available, Brady said.

She added Schaffer has extensive experience with energy issues because of his background with Denver-based Aspect Energy. The senate candidate was vice president of business development for CHx Capital - an Aspect Energy subsidiary - from 2003 to 2007.

While Schaffer was with CHx, the company became the largest investor in Superior Renewable Energy, a wind-energy development firm. He also worked for the company in northern Iraq on oil exploration projects.

Schaffer also plans to address the economy, which Brady said will highlight his "pro-growth, low-tax" economic plan.

She encouraged all Moffat County residents who can make it to attend.

Schaffer is "meeting with people all over Colorado, especially in the northwest part of the state this week," she said. "It's going to be very casual."

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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