Calendar filled with politics

Plenty of events coming up; voter registration deadline Oct. 10

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— There will be no shortage of political events in Routt County during the next six weeks, leading up to Election Day on Nov. 7.

Bob Martinez, chair of the state Republican Party, will visit Steamboat Springs on Saturday for the "Republican Victory Rally 2006," beginning at 11 a.m. on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. Also scheduled to attend the rally are Cortez businessman Scott Tipton, the Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's Third Congressional District; state Sen. Jack Taylor of Steamboat; and several other local and regional candidates. Gary Hofmeister will provide live music.

Friday night, a candidate forum will be held at North Routt Fire Station #2, north of Hahn's Peak village. The forum is open to all Republican and Democratic candidates, according to literature provided by officials with each county party. Each candidate - likely from races for seats including Routt County sheriff, commissioner and assessor - will have three to five minutes to speak, after which the forum will be open to questions from the audience. Volunteers are needed to bring appetizers or desserts: if interested, call B.J. Vale at 879-3850.

Also on the calendar is an Oct. 1 visit from state Sen. Ken Gordon, the Democratic candidate for Colorado Secretary of State; a "Dance with the Candidates" night Oct. 6 in Oak Creek; and a candidate forum in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium Oct. 10.

"That is going to be huge," Lynn Abbott, secretary of the Routt County Democratic Party, said of the high school event. "It will attract people from all over the community."

The high school's forensics team is sponsoring the candidate forum, said team coach Marty Lamansky.

"The students are going to introduce the candidates, and serve as the moderators for the debate," Lamansky said. "That gives them a different side of things."

The forensics team competes in debate and speech competitions across the state.

Lamansky said two candidates for the state House of Representatives, Grand County Democrat Andy Gold and incumbent Republican state Rep. Al White of Winter Park, will participate in the forum. Lamansky said he hopes to also contact Libertarian candidate Mike Kien of Oak Creek.

Lamansky said he also is in the process of confirming the attendance of candidates from the Routt County commissioner, sheriff and assessor races.

The Oct. 10 forum will run from 6:45 to 9:15, with about half an hour for each race.

"The kids are really excited about it," Lamansky said.

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