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Stetson, Nielson set for primary

Local Republicans give support to candidates

Ryan Sheridan

The two Republican candidates for the District 3 Moffat County Commission seat will be squaring off for the August primary.

Jean Stetson and Kent Nielson each collected enough delegates to continue on to the local primary at Saturday’s Moffat County Republican’s assembly. Nielson had 74 delegates and Stetson had 59 delegates. All other Republican candidates were accepted by acclimation because each has no opposition within the party, said Moffat County Republican Chairman Tim Jantz. The assembly also featured several state- and federal-level candidates appearing to request the support of the party faithful. State Sen. Jack Taylor, Rep. Al White, running for Colorado District 57 House seat, and Marti Allbright, Republican candidate for Colorado Attorney General, and representatives of Rep. Scott McGinnis and Sen. Wayne Allard spoke to the collected Republicans.

Taylor spoke of the need to elect Republicans to “all levels of government across Colorado and the nation,” and urged local party members to mobilize in support of Republican candidates. White, from Winter Park, will be vying for the District 57 Colorado House seat against Democratic candidate Terry Carwile because of redistricting. White formally introduced himself and his wife, Jean, and asked for the support of the local Republicans in November.

“If you look at my record, I’ve established I can do this job and do it well,” White said. “I will look out for the interests of Northwest Colorado and Moffat County.

“I don’t expect your support, I expect to earn your support. You will be seeing my face in the community in the coming months, and I ask you to inform me of any local events where I can meet the community and learn about its issues.”

Marti Allbright said she believed she had the right qualifications for state Attorney General and that “the people of Colorado should get better legal representation than what they are now getting.

“I will bring the Attorney General’s office back to the Gale Norton standard an advocate for the people of Colorado first and a politician second,” Allbright said. “I will work to protect the state aggressively from federal tampering in state issues, a big part of which is water rights, and work to keep our schools and streets safe.”

Allbright said her work as chief deputy to Norton and as general counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee combined with her 18 years of private practice as an attorney has prepared her

for the job.

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