Rep. Udall makes last stop in Summit before election day |

Rep. Udall makes last stop in Summit before election day

FRISCO – U.S. Rep. Mark Udall encouraged more than 50 citizens Wednesday night to stump for him and other Democrats in the last stretch before the Nov. 5 election.

Udall stopped at the Blue Spruce Inn in Frisco to thank people for their efforts in his campaign against Republican Sandy Hume. The atmosphere was jovial, in comparison to past campaign stops in which Udall and other politicians outlined their positions on issues.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to represent you,” he said. “We have a real challenge to maintain balance in Congress at the federal level. We only get one shot. And we’re going to win with the ground troops.”

Udall said he plans to continue campaigning in the final days winding down to the election. He encouraged others to make phone calls, go door-to-door and wave signs on street corners.

“I’m paying homage to that politician’s adage that you run like you could lose,” he said. “You build relationships so you can hit the ground running when you’re elected.”

If he wins, Udall will credit his frequent visits to Summit, Eagle and Grand counties, which he would represent in the districts that were realigned earlier this year.

“Based on those interactions and my record, that will get me another term,” he said. “But I can’t rest on my laurels. There are some significant challenges here.”

Udall encouraged citizens to vote for state Rep. Carl Miller and state Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald, who are also on the Nov. 5 ballot.

“Nov. 5 is forever,” Fitz-Gerald said. “The decisions we make next week will affect your children and their children. The stakes have never been higher, and they’ve never been uglier. There’s a correlation: The Republicans want a free ride to an agenda that’s bad for Colorado.”

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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