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Legislative candidate says West Slope issues important

Glenwood, Craig candidates face off in election

Tyler Baskfield

Russ George will vacate his Colorado House of Representatives speaker seat and leave a void in Western Slope politics.

Garfield County businessman Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs, announced he will run to fill that void in 2000.

Rippy will run for the House District 57 seat. If elected he plans to model his governing style after other well-known Western Slope politicians.

“I want to continue the tradition of dedicated public service,” said Rippy. “Both Russ George and before him Scott McInnis have provided the leadership so critical to our district and our state. It is imperative we continue their work.”

Rippy, a native of Garfield County, is co-owner of Grand River Construction and Rocky Mountain Redi Mix. He and his wife, Marilee, celebrated their 25th anniversary in June. They have three children, Dallas, 21, Stuart, 19, and Brandy, 18.

Rippy believes their will be important issues facing the Western Slope that will come to a head in the new millennium.

“Education will be a huge issue, water will be a huge issue and growth will be a huge issue,” said Rippy. “The 57th district is a diverse district and there are some different issues that need to be addressed. Having grown up in the district I think that I have a pretty good feel of what western Colorado thinks.”

Rippy decided to seek public office because he believes it is a continuation of his active work in the community. He has served as president of the Sunrise Rotary and master of the Glenwood Springs Masonic Lodge. He is past chairman of the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, legislative chairman of the Colorado Contractors Association and was awarded national chapter President of the Year as president of the Colorado Contractors Association in 1998. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Colorado State University.

Rippy wants the economic future of the Western Slope to remain strong.

“We cannot take for granted the abundance of riches in District 57. From agriculture to commerce, education to recreation we need to protect and preserve our good fortune for future generations,” said Rippy.

Rippy will face Kirk Schott, R-Craig, in the election. Schott announced in September his intentions to run for the District 57 seat.


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