Steamboat Springs Pete Steinhauer and Hank Anton like their jobs so much they are asking your help to sign on for another six years at no pay.
The two Republicans are incumbents on the University of Colorado Board of Regents and are up for re-election on Nov. 7.
Anton, who lives in Pueblo, represents constituents living in Colorado's Third Congressional District, including Steamboat Springs. He is opposed in his bid for reelection by Democrat Gail Schwartz of Aspen.
Steinhauer, a Boulder oral surgeon, is seeking reelection to an at-large seat on the Board of Regents. He is opposed by Democrat Burke Beu and Natural Law Party candidate Jennifer Holton.
The nine-member Board of Regents is charged by the Colorado Constitution with the general supervision of the university, working with President Elizabeth Hoffman. The board has exclusive control of all revenues and appropriations made to the four-campus university.
Hank and I have done this for six years and we love the job," Steinhauer said. "We've had a great love for the university."
Steinhauer is clearly excited to see the campus of CU's Health Sciences Center, including the schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and the graduate school, moving to a new 217-acre site at the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora.
"It's the biggest thing we have going," Steinhauer said. "This is going to be a world class health sciences center. Most medical campuses are scattered, but we're the envy of other universities because we're all going to be in one place."
Steinhauer anticipates that new special outpatient clinics, a cancer clinic and opthamology school all will open within the next three to five months as the new campus nears completion.
Anton pointed out that the faculty of CU's Health Sciences Center generates $200 million annually in research and training funds. He expects that many biotechnology companies will be attracted to a nearby office park being developed by the city of Aurora.
"It's just been fun to be there to watch it," Anton said. But he hastened to add that not all of the community benefits generated by the university are limited to the Front Range.
"We've increased to 75 programs on the Western Slope," Anton said. He cited CU's Area Health Education Center in Grand Junction as a prime example. That facility has trained more than 300 nurses, Anton said.
Among the CU outreach programs that have helped Steamboat people is a master's degree program in early childhood education. Although classes in the program have not been offered in Steamboat, several local students have earned their master's through the program by attending classes in Western Slope cities. There are many other similar programs scattered across the Western Slope, Anton said.
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