Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler was the featured speaker of the 2013 Lincoln Day Dinner. This year Colorado State Party Chairman Ryan Call will be the keynote speaker at the dinner taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion Inn and Suites.

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Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler was the featured speaker of the 2013 Lincoln Day Dinner. This year Colorado State Party Chairman Ryan Call will be the keynote speaker at the dinner taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion Inn and Suites.

GOP dinner in Craig to bring in funds and prominent speaker

Moffat County Republicans will celebrate their annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday night at the Clarion with keynote speaker, Ryan Call, the Colorado State Party chairman. Call also serves as a chair on the Republican National Committee’s budget committee.

The fundraiser will bring in money to the GOP, and some of the funds will pay for part of the delegate fees at the state assembly, said Brandi Meek, Moffat County chairwoman for the Colorado Republican executive committee.

But it’s also a time for local Republicans to mingle and get a sense of the challenges their party faces in the upcoming year.

“Our party has tried to help people reach their potential and make sure government doesn’t get in the way,” Call said. “What we’ve seen, unfortunately, is government exceeding its bounds.”

Call listed off some issues that the GOP is particularly interested in: from energy policy, to defense to the economy.

He also noted that this was the 150th anniversary of Colorado having a historically recorded GOP. In fact, it was 150 years ago when Colorado helped President Abraham Lincoln move on to reelection, Call said.

“We sent a delegation (from) Colorado to participate in that nominating convention,” he said.

This also will be an opportunity for candidates in local elections to make speeches and outline their campaign platforms, Meek said.

“We have some local races that are going to be happening this year: county commissioner, sheriff, county clerk, treasurer,” Meek said. “The only one that is contested is the commissioner race which is contested by another republican.”

Both candidates running for commissioner, Frank Moe, owner of Best Western Deer Park Inn and Suites, and Glenda Bellio, president of the Moffat County Farm Bureau, will speak at the event.

The 2013 Lincoln Day Dinner was a success, so Meek expects nothing less from this year, she said. She looks forward to hearing what Call has to say.

“I’m looking forward to having (Call) out here,” she said. “He is a really great guy. He puts on a lot of miles. He travels all over the state. I’m excited to have him in this area meeting the Moffat County citizens and getting to know him better.”

While the event has limited seats, there still is limited space open, Meek said.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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