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Udall urges people to register, vote

JANE STEBBINS
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Silverthorne residents Sue Robbins, left, and Catherine Gant bend the ear of U.S. Representative Mark Udall Saturday afternoon at the annual Democratic picnic at Walter Byron Park.
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FRISCO – Get out the vote – and vote Democrat.That was the message U.S. Rep. Mark Udall delivered to a crowd of more than 100 people at Walter Byron Park Saturday afternoon.”Don’t pay attention to the Republican spin and smear campaign,” he said. “Part of their goal is to make us think we don’t have a chance so we don’t work hard. We need to keep our shoulders to the wheel.”Udall has been spending his weekdays in Washington, D.C., and making it out to Colorado to campaign for himself and on behalf of other Democrats. The message is starting to shift from issues to encouraging people to register to vote and cast their ballots Nov. 2.

He even attended a hip-hop event in Denver recently, where young adults were registering people to vote.Udall said the biggest challenge in his re-election campaign is trying not to listen to the daily polls, which show most candidates to be neck and neck in their respective races.”There are two ways you can run a re-election,” he said. “You can run unopposed or run scared. The contest will be decided on Nov. 2. I’m not taking anything for granted.”He plans to spend the next three to four weeks in session, then hit the road campaigning.

“Wherever I can be useful,” he said of where he would work. “The foot shoulders are going to be the ones who win this race.”Other Democratic candidates also encouraged those at the picnic to get out the vote.”This is a tremendous opportunity to make a change,” said newly appointed state Rep. Gary Lindstrom. “This is the year. Don’t get complacent. This will happen because you make it happen. This is a grassroots effort; it always has been, and it always will be.”Colorado University regent candidate Cindy Carlisle blamed the institution’s Republican-dominated board for the problems the university has faced, particularly in recent months. She said she believes having more Democrats on the board would help it to solve those challenges, including the reputation CU-Boulder has as a party college.

Another candidate is Bruce Brown, a Clear Creek County attorney running for district attorney in the Fifth Judicial District.”It’s about competence,” he said, citing a botched drug bust in Frisco and the Kobe Bryant case, in which hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on a case that never went to trial. “I (decided to run because I) am not satisfied with our DA.”County Commissioners Bob French and Bill Wallace also encouraged people to get others to vote in the November election.Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.


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