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Governor’s race tightens as Election Day approaches

Janelle O'Dea

Although Colorado's U.S. Senate race will grip the nation until results come in Tuesday night, it's the gubernatorial race that interests many Coloradans the most.

According to the Oct. 29 Quinnipiac University poll, Republican candidate Bob Beauprez is currently ahead of his primary competition, Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper.

But as many Americans know, polls can never completely predict what will happen on Election Day.

Colorado governor candidates

Bob Beauprez, Jill Repella—Republican

Beauprez’s age: 66

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Twitter: @BobBeauprez

John Hickenlooper, Joe Garcia—Democrat

Hickenlooper’s age: 62

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Twitter: @HickForCO

Harry Hempy, Scott Olsen—Green

Hempy’s age: N/A

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Twitter: @Hempy4Governor

Matthew Hess, Brandon Young—Libertarian

Hess’ age: N/A

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Twitter: @mxhess

Mike Dunafon, Robin J. Roberts—unaffiliated

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Twitter: @Dunafon4Gov

Paul Noel Fiorino, Charles George Whitley—unaffiliated

Fiorino’s age: 59

“Five points down, six days to go. The numbers are tight and the ticking clock is the enemy. Is the wolf at the door for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper?” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll also said as of Oct. 29, 88 percent of Coloradans have their mind made up while 12 percent are still unsure.

Hickenlooper assumed office on Jan. 11, 2011. Before becoming governor, he was mayor of Denver for eight years from 2003—2011. He is running with current Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia.

The governor visited Craig in November of last year to discuss the state's economic plan.

According to his website, Hickenlooper has made an effort during his tenure as governor to make Colorado more business-friendly, promote renewable energy, make changes to Colorado's education system and overall make Colorado a healthier state.

He wants to make sure Northwest Coloradans know his gun control laws are only meant to make Colorado a safer state.

“It was never intended to diminish hunters’ rights or people who are using guns for the appropriate reasons,” Hickenlooper said in an interview with the Craig Daily Press.

The high-capacity magazine restrictions are a matter of public safety, he said.

“In every example of someone defending their home, it was never someone needing a high capacity magazine,” Hickenlooper said.

The governor promises to keep Colorado's energy portfolio "diverse." He brought groups together to find a compromise on fracking regulations and encourages renewable energy development in Colorado. Hickenlooper has also toured Craig Station, and has plenty of praise for it.

“It’s the third or fourth cleanest coal plant in America,” he said. “It’s some of the cleanest coal mined in the U.S.”

The governor also said if the Environmental Protection Agency made an attempt to close Craig Station, he would fight it “pretty hard.”

“I think we’re in much better shape than people have given us credit for,” Hickenlooper said.

Beauprez was elected to the Colorado District 7 Representative seat in 2002 and re-elected again in 2004. He ran for governor in 2006 but lost to Democrat Bill Ritter. His running mate for this election is Jill Repella.

The Republican nominee takes a stance on several issues on his website, including energy and agriculture.

"But too often Governor Hickenlooper forgets that he represents rural Colorado as much as he represents Denver," states Beauprez's website.

In an interview with the Craig Daily Press, Beauprez said he has a ranch “just over the hill” from Craig in Jackson County.

“I can’t forget about it because I’m part of that part of the state,” Beauprez said. “Your water, your natural resources, your way of life and wildlife; those are all quite personal to me. it’s not just that I know about them, they’re a part of who I am.”

He wants to roll back Department of Agriculture regulations that he believes make Colorado farming and ranching tougher.

Beauprez supports an energy policy "where consumers choose which energy resources work best for them, rather than government choosing." He also believes clean air and clean water are vital to Colorado and wants to preserve them with a policy driven by "good science."

He said the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan would be “devastating to Northwest Colorado, and especially to your town of Craig. It’s my understanding that your power plant is one of the cleanest—we should be celebrating that, not penalizing it.”

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or jodea@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @jayohday

Colorado governor candidates

Bob Beauprez, Jill Repella—Republican

Beauprez’s age: 66

Facebook: https://www.faceb…

Twitter: @BobBeauprez

John Hickenlooper, Joe Garcia—Democrat

Hickenlooper’s age: 62

Facebook: https://www.faceb…

Twitter: @HickForCO

Harry Hempy, Scott Olsen—Green

Hempy’s age: N/A

Facebook: https://www.faceb…

Twitter: @Hempy4Governor

Matthew Hess, Brandon Young—Libertarian

Hess’ age: N/A

Facebook: https://www.faceb…

Twitter: @mxhess

Mike Dunafon, Robin J. Roberts—unaffiliated

Facebook: https://www.faceb…

Twitter: @Dunafon4Gov

Paul Noel Fiorino, Charles George Whitley—unaffiliated

Fiorino’s age: 59