Dan Maes, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, will be campaigning today and Wednesday in Craig and Steamboat Springs.
Maes, who is seeking public office for the first time, will appear at a luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court, in Craig. The luncheon is open to the public.
He is scheduled to meet with the 1773 Club from 5 to 6 p.m. tonight in Steamboat Springs.
Maes will also be speaking at tonight’s Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots meeting, scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The Tea Party meeting is also open to the public.
On Wednesday, Maes will be a guest on The Cari and Rob Show on 55 Country AM, and will host a luncheon from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Smokehouse in Steamboat Springs.
He will also be touring Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station and Twentymile Coal Mine.
This is the third time Maes has visited Craig since announcing his candidacy.
Jeanie Durham, Maes’ Moffat County campaign chairwoman, said Maes is gaining steam in the governor’s race.
“I think he is honest, grassroots and I think he is a great businessman,” Durham said.
She said Maes’ lack of government experience appeals to some voters.
“He has not been involved in politics and I think that is No. 1 with a lot of people,” she said. “They are tired of politicians, and he is not a politician.”
The importance of Maes’ visit is amplified by the upcoming Republican state assembly, Durham said. The assembly is Saturday in Loveland.
“If we have delegates that have been elected as delegates and they are not informed on who they will be voting for by this weekend, that would be very sad,” she said. “That is their job to be finding out who we need to be voting for.”
Durham said she has received numerous phone calls from residents wanting information on Maes.
“People are getting involved, some that have never voted before, and they want to know when these candidates are coming to town,” she said.