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Beauprez headlines Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser in Steamboat

Event to be held at 5 p.m. Friday

Bob Beauprez

Former Colorado gubernatorial candidate and U.S. congressman Bob Beauprez will headline a Friday fundraiser and dinner for local Republicans.

"He talks to anybody and everybody and is a good guy and a good speaker," said Chuck McConnell, chairman of the Routt County Republican Central Committee.

The GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser starts with a social hour at 5 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The barbecue dinner is at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include silent and live auctions. Admission is $40 for adults 23 and older and $20 for those 22 and younger.

McConnell said local RepĀ­ublicans have been busy in recent months designating candidates at the state, district and county levels. Now the party has its sights set on the Nov. 6 election.

"We are absolutely motivated and fired up and excited about this election cycle," McConnell said. "We consider this to be an incredibly important campaign cycle."

Lincoln Day dinners are held in communities throughout the country. McConnell said the dinner helps raise money for the local party, which then uses it to cover administrative costs and to provide support for local candidates. Routt County Republicans annually purchase a pig from the Routt County Fair to host a big roast for seniors. The group also has established a $500 annual scholarship for a local graduating high school student.

"It's our way to show our support for some of the kids in the community," McConnell said.

McConnell said the dinner allows community members the chance to meet and talk about issues with their local representatives.

McConnell is running for House District 26. State Senate District 8 candidates Jean White and Randy Baumgardner also are expected to attend. Republican county commissioner candidates should be in attendance, as well.

McConnell said Beauprez was chosen to emcee and speak at the dinner because he is articulate and has conservative values. Beauprez is a Colorado native who was raised on a dairy farm near Lafayette. He worked in the dairy, real estate and finance industries before being elected to Congress in 2002. Beauprez was the Republican nominee for Colorado governor in 2006 but lost to Democrat Bill Ritter.

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