Former Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner could announce his candidacy for a state Senate seat by the end of the week.

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Former Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner could announce his candidacy for a state Senate seat by the end of the week.

Former councilman Brenner moves closer to state Senate run

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— Former Steamboat Springs City Council president Ken Brenner is inching closer to a 2008 bid for state Senate.

Brenner announced Saturday at the ninth annual Backcountry Ball that he has filed the necessary paperwork with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office to run for the open Senate District 8 seat. The seat is being vacated by term-limited state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.

Brenner said Sunday he plans to form a campaign committee and start fundraising immediately. He said he will talk with his family and supporters during the Thanksgiving holiday before making an official announcement - something he hopes to do before Christmas.

"Sometime after Thanksgiving we'll try to make a final decision about moving forward," Brenner said. "There are a lot of people I want to talk to both in other counties as well as supporters; it's just going to take me a little bit of time."

For now, Brenner said he hasn't enlisted any help with the campaign, but he has put together a fundraising list of past supporters.

In a press release to be sent out today, Brenner points to his lifelong involvement with Routt County and years of service with local government as strong points in his understanding of a developing Northwest Colorado.

"I believe that Northwest Colorado deserves a candidate who has lived here full time for over 50 years and understands rural Western values," Brenner writes in the release. Water and air quality, open space preservation, accessible health care, education and maintaining a strong local workforce are among the issues he highlights.

Brenner says he is a third-generation Routt County resident who grew up on a farm and has worked in construction, engineering, local government and medicine. He said he is aware of the challenges of maintaining adequate infrastructure in the face of growth.

"It's just really an amazing challenge that we're looking at, and I think we need someone who is very much aware of that," he said.

If or when Brenner announces his candidacy, he'll face a potential election opponent in state Rep. Al-White, R-Winter Park, who announced his candidacy in early September.

White was first elected in 2000, and has won his past three runs for Colorado House of Representatives District 57. In at least two of those elections, White won majorities in Routt County.

Senate District 8 includes all of Moffat, Routt, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties, as well as parts of Eagle and Garfield counties. White's current house district includes all or parts of Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties.

On Sunday, White said he did eight fundraisers in 16 days to gather "thousands of dollars - it's a significant amount" that he said would be reported at the end of the quarter. In the House's next legislative session, White said he would work to push through beetle kill legislation that would try to find markets for dead timber.

"I am serving, Ken Brenner wants to serve," White said.

"I am doing the job. All he can talk about is what he wants to do, and I can talk about what I'm going to do."

Comments

yampagov 9 years, 5 months ago

Ken Brenner has been a disaster as a politician. He is one of the reasons the incumbent City Council lost the election. It would be a true shame to see him become a part of our state legislature.

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letomayo 9 years, 5 months ago

Better than those who now say they represent us.

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another_local 9 years, 5 months ago

sb, Who DO you actually support for local office?

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ColoradoNative 9 years, 5 months ago

Al White has nothing to worry about from Brenner. Brenner's record in Steamboat speaks for itself. What a joke.

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WZ4EVER 9 years, 5 months ago

Brenner's term on Council was self-serving and dishonest. The "sweep" that just elected a whole new Council can be blamed on his poor leadership. I am looking forward to working against his Senate run when or if that comes up.

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stmbtisoutofcontrol 9 years, 5 months ago

I agree with WZ4EVER, "Brenner has proven to be dishonest and self-serving." It is too bad that he wants to be the representative from NW Colorado. He is not a good example.

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yampagov 9 years, 5 months ago

I sure hope that Salazar realizes that Brenner will bring a negative vacuum into the Democratic ticket which is too bad. Like the new City Council, we need a change in the political landscape of NW Colorado. It is time to move on with new ideas.

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digit1964 9 years, 5 months ago

Even after the a** Kicking Towney got this month, he could beat Brenner in a Senate race. For that matter, Delliger should be looking into this.

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elphaba 9 years, 5 months ago

Can Ken bully his way into free golf and a free ski pass if he's a State Senator? How about free meals and free stays at the Brown Palace - this time paid by the good people of Colorado. Ahhh back to the life he's grown used to.

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yampaman 9 years, 5 months ago

Now who is Cheryl Witt going to back in this one?

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WZ4EVER 9 years, 5 months ago

I wonder how he is going to campaign around the district without the City's credit card? Bet the term limits and therefore losing the CML position really threw a wrench into those plans. Better get the fund raising machinery cranked up soon!

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yampagov 9 years, 5 months ago

Maybe he can sell his Colorado ski pass to get started.

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sbscitizen 9 years, 5 months ago

Just curious. What do you all know about Ken's public service? Not from the newspaper, not blog prattle, not hearsay, just what you know directly from speaking with him or attending a council meeting or interacting with him in some other way?

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another_local 9 years, 5 months ago

I would be a real shame to have a candidate loose his home district by 70/30 like Ken would if he ran here. I hope he does not get on the ticket. Al White has done a good job anyway, so I guess the choice will not be hard.

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stmbtisoutofcontrol 9 years, 5 months ago

I would be surprised if Brenner gets even 30% of the Yampa Valley vote. Remember, the City Council votes were just within the City. Brenner has also irritated quite a few County residents...

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ventrygirl 9 years, 5 months ago

If an honest, honerable person like Jay Fetcher couldn't get elected, what chance does Ken have?

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Token 9 years, 5 months ago

Hmmmm. One speaks with anger dripping from fangs; One speaks with respect for differing views. Hmmmmm, think I chose sides.

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nofear 9 years, 5 months ago

sbvor-I think you should check your facts occasionally. It was Paul Strong, Kathy Connell and Loui Antonnuci that proudly created the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. You should listen to StirrinUpTrouble. Some of my faith has been restored in our community's ability to listen, learn and not use personal attacks as a fall back position when you can't discuss issues with constructive dialog.

And former_citizen, Ms. Sieverding and her eccentric idealogoy was one of the reasons she was sent to jail. I have to say my interactions with her and her over use of your tax dollars would never give me cause to use her as any kind of resource for information.

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nofear 9 years, 5 months ago

sbvor- I am so happy that you can do your homework. As I said, it was Paul Strong, Kathy Connell and Loui Antonnuci's council that proudly created the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. I did not say Mr. Brenner didn't vote on it.

My question is when you read your minutes and attend the meetings and see a unanimous vote of the seven council members and 3 commissioners to create an IGA and a committee, how is it that you say "Comrade Brenner's greatest (and single most totalitarian, socialist, anti-democratic) folly was the creation of The Yampa Valley Housing Authority."? Your are obviously a wise, learned student of democracy, so you must realize your statement is rather um...STUPID. You ridiculously blame a single individual for an outcome it takes a BODY of government to legislate.

So more questions arise. Are you blathering on because you could never make the ridiculous statements in public that you make here or is it to cover up your inability to take part in your governmental process whether it is running for office, volunteering for a committee/commission or coming to meetings and making public comments because you can't hide in the shadows like you do in a blog?

Maybe it is because the culmination of your intelligence about your local politics and democratic process is your repeated comment that "NO amount of spin OR lipstick will EVER rehabilitate ..." Wow! That level of intelligence is difficult to comment on. No matter whether or not you agree with someone in public office, I don't think anyone deserves that kind of inane comment. They are the ones that made the effort to run for office. You are just here on the sidelines perfecting everyone but you.

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nofear 9 years, 5 months ago

C'mon former_citizen, how did Kay Sieverding use your tax dollars? You know better than many how many FOIAs she filled out. Each one requiring time from city staff or attorneys or judges or district court personnel-all paid by the citizens' tax dollars. Each time effectively reprioritizing city needs and daily work to make her more important than any other community member. Maybe one of the reasons she does it?

Filing ridiculous numbers of lawsuits, tying up community resources and our judicial system should always be a reason for concern and a comment that using $10,000 dollars of the taxpayers' money is not a "disaster" shows a level of selfishness that makes me happy you are no longer a community member here.

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