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Craig candidate takes stage in first debate for HD57

It’s uncommon to find two candidates from rival parties who agree on a majority of the issues. It’s also surprising that during a debate featuring two Northwest Colorado residents, not one question was posed about energy. But that’s how it worked out Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction as Jo Ann Baxter, D-Craig, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, squared off in their first public debate for the office of Colorado House District 57. And it was one of the more pleasant exchanges out of an entire day of debates hosted by Club 20. Baxter and Rankin’s mutual respect for one another seemed to outshine the issues.


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