Ken Buck campaigns for US Senate in Craig

Ken Buck, Weld County district attorney, is running for U.S. Senate and will be making a stop in Craig on the campaign trail Friday.

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He started planning his trip the last week in November and but made his visit to Craig official Tuesday, said Brandi Meek, Moffat County chairwoman of the Republican Committee.

“We’re really excited for the candidates for the (Senate) to visit,” she said.

Buck is running for the seat held by Sen. Mark Udall, R-Colo., and is currently up against Republican state Sen. Randy Baumgardner and state Rep. Amy Stephens.

Buck has been a longtime supporter of traditional energy, but Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said he wants to get the specific low-down of Buck’s position on the coal industry.

“It’s so important here in Moffat County,” Kinkaid said. “I want reassurances from him that would be a priority of his."

Meek agreed that energy would be the most pressing point to cover with the U.S. Senate candidate.

“We really want to let him know how important the energy industry is to us, and how we’re being affected by the current legislation right now,” she said.

When secession from Colorado was proposed in Weld County, Buck came out against it. Many leaders in Moffat County were for pursuing secession, but the vote failed in Moffat and Weld counties in the November election.

Kinkaid, who was a local proponent of secession, said he doesn’t consider that a drawback for Buck.

“Nobody has to be in lockstep. I respect his positions,” Kinkaid said.

In fact, Kinkaid expressed his outright support for Buck.

“I think (Buck) has the best chance of winning, and I like what he stands for,” he said.

Buck will be in Craig at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Cool Water Grille.

Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

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