Candidates coming to town

County Democrats, Republicans have several upcoming events

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— The two leading candidates for governor are scheduled to visit Steamboat Springs this week.

U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez of Arvada will be at the Egg & I restaurant Thursday morning, and former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter will meet local residents Saturday morning on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. The visits highlight a busy week for Routt County Democrats and Republicans, as several regional and state candidates from both parties are coming to the area in the days leading up to the Aug. 8 primary and the Nov. 7 general election.

"It's unbelievable -- we've had so much going on," said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chair of the county Republican Party.

Tonight, Schubert-Akin and her husband, Rick Akin, are opening the doors of their Whitewood Drive home to host a fundraiser for state treasurer candidate Mark Hillman. A Burlington native, Hillman has been a member of the state Senate for seven years, serving as both Majority Leader and Minority Leader during that time.

He is running against Democrat Cary Kennedy, who served as a state budget officer in the administration of Democratic governor Roy Romer and as policy director for House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver. Kennedy was instrumental in crafting the education finance law known as Amendment 23 and the state budget measure Referendum C, passed by voters in November 2005.

Schubert-Akin asked that people planning to come to tonight's event for Hillman RSVP today.

Thursday's Beauprez event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Egg & I. The GOP candidate for governor will then visit with Hayden residents at 11:30 at the Food Mill Restaurant.





What: County Republicans' fundraiser for state treasurer candidate Mark HillmanWhen: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Residence of Rick Akin and JenniferSchubert-Akin, 27855 Whitewood Drive EastCall: Rick and Jennifer at 870-0450 to RSVP, or for directions and infoCost: Suggested donations are $25 per person or $40 per couple

Ritter will meet with local residents Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn, at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

County Democrats are also gearing up for an Aug. 11 fundraiser for U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa, and an Aug. 12 "Picnic in the Park" event, which will include remarks from several candidates at the park between Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

"This town is going to be full -- I am really psyched," said Lynn Abbott, secretary of the county Democratic Party. "It's a long way until November, but this is going to be an exciting August."

To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com.

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