Salazar to be in town Sunday

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Third Congressional District candidate John Salazar will be shaking hands Sunday morning at the finish line of the Steamboat Springs Marathon.

A state representative, Salazar, D-Manassa, is making Routt County part of his weeklong 29 county tour. Salazar is the Democratic front-runner in the race for Rep. Scott McInnis' vacant seat.

The tour is starting off today in Walden before heading to Steamboat and then to Craig on Sunday.

From 10 to 11 a.m. today, Salazar will be on the Routt County Courthouse lawn near the finish line of the marathon. He plans to shake hands and be available for questions.

After the marathon, a fund-raiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Yacht Club. A $29 donation is suggested to attend.

A fifth-generation Coloradan and the older brother of Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, John Salazar is a potato and barley rancher in the San Luis Valley and is in his first term as a state representative.

In November, Salazar stopped in Steamboat while announcing his candidacy for the federal seat.

"I am a moderate Democrat, I work across the board. I will do my best to make sure that Steamboat Springs remains viable," Salazar said at that time.

A few weeks ago, Salazar won a spot on the Colorado Democratic Party's Aug. 10 primary ballot when he received 69 percent of the votes from delegates at the state Democratic convention.

Grand Junction Mayor Jim Spehar dropped out of the race after failing to garner 30 percent of the delegate votes at the convention.

The Republican race is much more crowded. Steamboat Springs resident Matt Aljanich is the most recent Republican to enter the race. Other Republicans seeking a spot on November's ballot are Greg Walcher, former director of the Department of Natural Resources; state Rep. Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs; state Rep. Matt Smith, R-Grand Junction; Pueblo County Sheriff Dan Corsentino; and Delina DeSanto, a Durango real estate agent.

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