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Cory Gardner visits Craig, vying for votes in 2014 election

Noelle Leavitt Riley

U.S. Congressman Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Mark Udall, D-Colo., visited Craig on Friday, touring Craig Station with local politicians. The group is pictured on the roof of the Craig Station coal-fired power plant.

— U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., was in Craig on Friday, touring Craig Station and visiting patrons at the 2014 Moffat County Fair to win the hearts of Northwest Colorado residents for the upcoming election in November.

Gardner is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Mark Udall, D-Colo., who is vying for his second term.

"I understand agriculture and rural Colorado," Gardner told the Craig Daily Press, noting that he has four areas he'd like to work on if he gets elected to the Senate: the economy, energy, education and environment.

"We want to shake things up in Washington," he said.

Moffat County Republican Committee Chairwoman Brandi Meek toured Craig Station with the Gardner and thinks that he must win the upcoming election.

"It is extremely crucial that Congressman Gardner win the U.S. Senate seat this November," Meek said in an email. "If the GOP can retake the Senate this fall, we can get the Reins Act passed, which would limit the power of groups such as the EPA and place more direct power in the hands of our elected representatives in Congress. Once elected to serve all of Colorado in the Senate, Congressman Gardner will need to have firsthand knowledge of all parts of our state in order to appropriately represent us."

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In addition to energy, Gardner outlined that the environment is also important.

"We need to protect our environment for future generations," he said. "We need to find smart economic policies and smart environmental policies and make them work together."

Gardner served in the state Legislature for five years before becoming a member of Congress. He's a fifth-generation Coloradan who grew up in Yuma.

“Cory has always been a strong voice for rural families and small business. He has earned a reputation for fighting onerous government regulations that hurt farmers and hinder job growth,” according to his website.