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Hagenbuch makes last of 3 trips to see voters in Craig

Collin Smith

Todd Hagenbuch spent the past three weekends going door-to-door in Craig and said he still didn’t have the time to meet and talk with all the people he wanted to.

Hagenbuch, Democratic candidate for Colorado House District 57, said he found local residents who were happy a candidate made the effort to meet people in Moffat County.

He added that in the time leading up to the Nov. 4 general election – in which Hagenbuch faces Republican Randy Baumgardner for a seat in the state Legislature – meeting people and speaking face-to-face has been one of the most rewarding parts of his campaign.

“I met one lady that was shocked to see a real candidate come to her door,” Hagenbuch said. “Initially, she said she wasn’t going to vote. Then, she kind of peeked her head outside, and we ended up talking for five or 10 minutes.”

The candidate made one last campaign trip to Craig on Saturday, visiting with voters door-to-door and waving to motorists along U.S. Highway 40.

Hagenbuch said he isn’t spending a whole lot of time worrying about what results may come Tuesday, whether the people of Northwest Colorado will elect him to serve in the state Capitol.

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He said he did the best he could informing people of his ideas and ideals for the region.

“We’ve done what we can, and now it’s in the hands of the voters,” Hagenbuch said. “I think we’ve made a solid case why folks should vote for me and my platform.”

Among those reasons are Hagenbuch’s background as a fourth-generation member of a Yampa Valley ranching family, as well as the new experiences he’s had as a young father, Hagenbuch said.

As a father, he said he knows firsthand the struggles people can have with affordable housing, health care costs and finding secure employment. His family’s ranch has given him a “firm grasp” of complicated issues surrounding natural resources, whether they be water or energy-related.

“People know I’ve been working on these issues for a long time,” Hagenbuch said.

He added that some assumptions people may tie to the Democratic Party do not apply to him or his campaign.

For one, he is not opposed to energy development and said the rules coming out of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will have to strike a balance for Colorado to prosper.

“We all have to keep in mind, this is the environment where we will raise our kids,” Hagenbuch said. “We need to protect jobs, people’s livelihoods and the areas we want to keep for future generations to enjoy.

Hagenbuch also said he has no interest in taking away people’s right to keep and bear arms.

“I’m a gunowner,” he said. “Absolutely, I not only want to protect my rights but everyone else’s rights, as well.”

Hagenbuch also wholly supports the people’s right to vote on tax increases, he said.

Although the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights has flaws, the right for citizens to decide for themselves what taxes to support is an important right that Hagenbuch said he will never want taken away.

One of the volunteers with Hagenbuch on Saturday said it was that understanding and willingness not to blindly follow one party’s platform that drew him to the candidate.

“For many years, I was a Republican, but I got disenchanted and changed parties,” said Jack Dysart, a Routt County resident. “Todd is not extreme, and that’s one of the first things that drew me to him. I know he can sit at any table and talk reasonably about the issues and find comprises. He can do what we want our Legislature to do and work for us.”

Registered voters will find Hagenbuch’s race with Baumgardner on the general election ballot along with several other local, state and national elections.

Moffat County plans to have vote centers in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur for Election Day on Nov. 4.

Make yourself heard

Early voting is over, but Election Day is yet to come. Go to the following vote centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday:

• Craig: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

• Maybell: Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis

• Dinosaur: Dinosaur Town Hall, 333 S. Stegosaurus

Voters must bring photo identification to vote.