Denver mayor and Democratic candidate for governor John Hickenlooper speaks Sunday afternoon in Steamboat Springs. Hickenlooper urged about 40 supporters to get out and vote in next month’s election.

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Denver mayor and Democratic candidate for governor John Hickenlooper speaks Sunday afternoon in Steamboat Springs. Hickenlooper urged about 40 supporters to get out and vote in next month’s election.

Steamboat greets governor hopeful Hickenlooper

Denver Mayor draws cheers on brief campaign stop

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Denver mayor and Democratic candidate for governor John Hickenlooper arrives in Steamboat Springs on Sunday afternoon. Hickenlooper uged a collection of about 40 supporters to get out and vote in next month’s election.

— Call it the power of the positive.

About 40 observers gave a warm reception on a chilly day to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democratic candidate for governor, as his campaign bus rolled through downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday. Hickenlooper is challenging American Constit­­ution Party candidate Tom Tancredo and Republican businessman Dan Maes in the race for governor, which culminates in an election that’s now less than 10 days away.

In a rally hosted by the Routt County Democratic Party on the Routt County Courthouse lawn, Hickenlooper spoke briefly about a state budget that he said is underfunded in every area and about a corresponding need to stimulate small businesses and entrepreneurs. But the message that seemed to resonate most with those in attendance Sunday was the positive nature of his campaign so far.

“He’s a fantastic breath of fresh air,” Steamboat retiree Hal Olsen said. “I don’t know if there’s anybody else that’s not in the gutter with this election.”

Roddy Beall, son of longtime Routt County residents Ben and Millie Beall, expressed a similar appreciation for Hickenlooper’s positive campaign — known for television ads in which the mayor showers fully clothed to “wash off” negativity — and added that he likes a new vibrancy he’s noticed in downtown Denver.

“The downtown is becoming more of an interesting place to be,” Beall said. “Maybe all of Colorado can be more interesting and exciting with him as governor.”

Hickenlooper said negative campaigns can turn off voters to all candidates, and to politics in general.

“Positive campaigns do matter,” he said. “We need people not to be driven away from government, but driven toward it.”

A Denver Post/9News poll announced Sunday showed Hick­­­­enlooper with support from 49 percent of 621 likely and actual voters surveyed by telephone last week. Tancredo drew 39 percent support compared to 9 percent for Maes, according to The Denver Post. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Speakers at Sunday’s rally

also included Colorado Secret­­ary of State Bernie Buescher, who’s running for re-election against Republican challenger Scott Gessler; Hickenlooper’s running mate, Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joe Garcia; and Steve Ivancie, who’s running for the state House District 57 seat against Hot Sulphur Springs Republican Randy Baumgardner and Oak Creek Libertarian Mike Kien.

After his remarks, Hicken­looper addressed a question about the preservation of Nor­thwest Colorado’s coal jobs, which could be threatened by a law adopted this year that will convert some Front Range coal plants to natural gas. Earlier this year, state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act could cut as many as 200 jobs at Routt County’s Twentymile coal mine because of market and production impacts.

Hickenlooper said Sunday that he believes in the development of clean coal technology and values coal as an energy resource. But he said the ever-changing energy market could mean that some coal workers will need to be retrained for other energy jobs, such as natural gas production.

He said energy industry workers and employers will have to be ready to adapt to new markets as the state’s economies are shifting faster than ever before.

“We’re in the middle of the greatest economic transformation since the Industrial Rev­olution,” Hickenlooper said.

Comments

seeuski 4 years, 1 month ago

Wow, this guy IS a breath of fresh air, he openly promises more unemployment and higher taxes to pay for the unfunded spending. And most importantly he openly acknowledges "the fundamental transformation of America". We will suffer further economic consequences under this type of Progressive leadership. The cliff is in view and so many keep marching towards it, astounding.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 1 month ago

"And most importantly he openly acknowledges "the fundamental transformation of America"."

So it would be better if he failed to acknowledge basic facts?

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seeuski 4 years, 1 month ago

No, I am happy he is at least honest about his Progressiveness as apposed to the way the WH is secretly changing our laws in the direction away from Capitalism to full Socialism. I just don't wish to vote for such a transformation.

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trump_suit 4 years, 1 month ago

Check the local poll on the front page see. It would appear from that small sample set of your fellow citizens here at the Pilot disagree with you.

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cindy constantine 4 years, 1 month ago

Hey SUS Did you see the new poll on the nightly news last night?
Hickenlooper 49% Tancredo 39% Maes 9% The conservatives better get on board with Tancredo or Hickenlooper will be a shoe-in. He may be anyway, but an effort should be made on Tancredo's behalf if you are a true conservative.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 1 month ago

Trump, Mao wouild win in a landslide in our little hamlet/Boulder West. It looks like we can kiss off the miner's jobs in favor of the global warming hoax. Why is it that I never see much of that propaganda anymore?

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seeuski 4 years, 1 month ago

Cindy, You should not assume so much negativity, I am in step with you my dear lady and went down that same road. I liked Dan but I payed attention and he said some things that were a bad fit for me. I also feel that 9% support for Dan shows that your wishes have come true but there are too many sheeple who will vote against their own better interests, on both sides. My guess is in the end Dan's % will be lower than 9% on election day and some of the polls are over confident in the turnout at the polling booth by the Hicky voters. I pray.

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seeuski 4 years, 1 month ago

They are at it again, the voter fraud and corruption that brought us Obama and the loony toon from Minnesota, Franken except these voters aren't dead just illegal. With the sources being who they are...well.

"Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and the Service Employees International Union."

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16382570

6,000 voters all Democrats, go figure.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 1 month ago

It took me about ten minutes after meeting Maes to conclude that he would not get my vote.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 1 month ago

PPP tends to overestimate republican voters. If PPP has Hickenlooper ahead then he has a good lead.

And I think you fundamentally misunderstand Hickenlooper's transformation comment. He is not claiming he has the power to transform America, but that America is being transformed and he'll adapt to it. There are big trends such as baby boomers (a big chunk of the US population) reaching retirement age, communications technology changing how we interact and $80+ barrel oil along with concerns on greenhouse gas emissions.

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housepoor 4 years, 1 month ago

maybe if the med mj shops gave 10% off for all patients with an I Voted sticker the Dems could improve their turnout?

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