Steamboat Springs A Republican candidate for governor hopes to connect with young voters in Steamboat Springs today.
Marc Holtzman, former president of the University of Denver, will give a short speech and answer questions from the public at 11 a.m. in the Village Inn restaurant at the Holiday Inn on Lincoln Avenue.
Paul Epley, the Routt County secretary for the Colorado Republican Party, said Holtzman approached him in Silverthorne recently and asked about setting up an event in Steamboat. "Primarily, he wanted a chance to talk to our young people," Epley said.
Although today's event is open to the public, Holtzman said he particularly wants to hear the concerns of young voters.
Holtzman, 45, became invol--ved in politics early in life. He was 20 years old when presidential candidate Ronald Reagan appointed him director of the Reagan/Bush campaign in Pennsylvania, Holt--zman's home state.
Epley said he sent e-mails and posted fliers at Steamboat Springs High School to inform students about the event.
Routt County Republicans will not endorse candidates for governor until after the primary election in August, Epley said.
What: A meet and greet with Marc Holtzman, Republican candidate for governorWhere: Village Inn (at the Holiday Inn), 3190 S. Lincoln Ave.When: 11 a.m. today
Routt County Republicans hope to hold a similar event for U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, Holtzman's opponent in the primary. Republican Gov. Bill Owens is term-limited and cannot seek re-election.
Holtzman left his post at the University of Denver in June to focus on his campaign. He and Beauprez were involved in a war of words this fall, largely focused on referendums C and D.
Holtzman, an opponent of the referendums, accused Beauprez of not doing enough to defeat the ballot initiatives.
Beauprez fired back by saying Holtzman skirted campaign finance laws by appearing in TV advertisements against C and D to build his name recognition for the governor's race.
Colorado voters passed Referendum C on Nov. 1, allowing state government to use $3.7 billion in tax refunds during the next five years to fund education, health care and transportation needs. Referendum D, a companion bonding measure, failed by a narrow margin.
Jesse Mallory, field director for Holtzman's campaign, said the passage of Referendum C has not slowed the campaign.
"Marc stood up for the taxpayers," Mallory said. "It hasn't hurt our momentum at all."
Mallory said Holtzman believes in expanding the economy, creating jobs, securing national borders by tightening immigration laws and increasing water storage in the state.
Holtzman is a former venture capitalist who lives in Garfield County. Owens appointed him the state's first secretary of technology in 1998.
Democratic candidates for governor are former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter and state Rep. Gary Lindstrom, D-Breckenridge.