Parties throwing parties

County Democrats, Republicans hosting upcoming events


Democrats to the Steamboat Smokehouse, Republicans to the Old Town Pub.

Officials and active members of Routt County's two major political parties will be separated by just a few blocks on Lincoln Avenue on Tuesday night. Party officials have designated locations for candidates and onlookers to watch election results and celebrate with a pint - or cry over spilled beer.

And with just four days remaining before Election Day, both parties also have scheduled upcoming events to rally supporters and boost attendance at the polls.

Tonight, the Routt County Republican Party hosts a "GOP Final Four Kick-Off Party" at the Old Town Pub. The event is intended to jumpstart the final days leading up to the election.

"It's a fun, casual event with local candidates," said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairwoman of the Routt County Republican Central Committee.

On Saturday, the Routt County Democratic Party will host a rally on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. The rally will feature gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter, U.S. Rep. John Salazar and U.S. Rep. Mark Udall.

Ritter is a former Denver district attorney who is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez of Arvada. Salazar is a Manassa Democrat running for re-election against Republican businessman Scott Tipton of Cortez and Hotchkiss Libertarian Bert Sargent.

Udall is a Boulder Democrat and four-term Congressman in Colorado's Second Congressional District, which includes the Boulder area. Udall is running for re-election against Evergreen schoolteacher Rich Mancuso, a Republican.

Ritter, Salazar and Udall will arrive at Saturday's rally at about 11:30 a.m.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with speeches from local candidates, said Lynn Abbott, secretary of the Routt County Democratic Party.

Abbott said the rally can legally be held on the courthouse lawn because the polls will be closed Saturday.


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