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The two Democrats vying to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, which includes a big chunk of Eagle County, this week stepped up their campaigns to land the Democratic nod in the Tuesday, June 26 primary election.
Former Routt County commissioner and state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush landed a key endorsement from former U.S. senator and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, whose brother John was the last Democrat to represent CD3 before being ousted by Tipton in the 2010 Tea Party wave (see press release below).
And Carbondale rancher and Glenwood Springs municipal and water attorney Karl Hanlon announced his Topple Tipton Tour kicking off March 31 (press release below).
Former Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Senator, Ken Salazar, is proud to endorse Diane Mitsch Bush for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Citing her “broad appeal” and “legislative experience,” Ken Salazar has endorsed Diane Mitsch Bush in the race to unseat Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District (CD3). The race in CD3 against Tipton has been deemed “competitive” by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has become a race to watch, nationwide.
Just this week the Mitsch Bush Campaign announced some impressive endorsements including Betsy Markey, Adrienne Benavidez, Daneya Esgar, and Ken Salazar. Salazar served as the 50th Secretary of the Interior in the Obama Administration from 2009 – 2013 and he previously served as a U.S. Senator from Colorado. His brother, John Salazar, was the last Democrat to represent CD3. Secretary Salazar and Mitsch Bush met just over 10 years ago when she ran and won her first campaign to be a Routt County Commissioner.
“I am honored to have Ken’s support. He has served Colorado well as the state’s Attorney General, and as a U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Interior. I have learned so much about what it takes to bring people to the table and find common ground from Ken.”
Salazar weighed a number of factors when considering his endorsement. After a crushing loss in CD3 in 2016, electability and experience were at the forefront of his decision.
“Diane has gained a reputation, through her strong record, as a champion for the causes that matter most to us in the 3rd Congressional District. Whether she is dealing with water, jobs and the economy, public lands, agriculture, or transportation, Diane brings people of all political stripes to the table for common sense legislation that benefits her constituents. Only a person with Diane’s broad appeal and legislative experience can win back this seat for the people of CD3. I proudly endorse her.”
The endorsement comes during the County Assembly process.
Karl Hanlon Launches Topple Tipton Tour Beginning March 31
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – March 21, 2018 – Karl Hanlon, candidate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, is kicking-off a 29-county tour of the district in just 14 days leading to the Colorado Democrat’s state assembly on Friday, April 13 in Broomfield.
“Support from county assemblies district wide has been incredible,” said Hanlon, a first-time candidate with little name recognition prior to his announcement last December. “I am committed to doing the hard work and continuing to show up and talk to people.”
Hanlon has already put 20,000 miles on his pickup truck meeting voters in many communities throughout the district since he announced his candidacy last December. His Topple Tipton Tour begins on March 31 hitting Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties and will end in Pueblo on April 12:
March 31/Mesa, Delta and Montrose Counties
11:30 am, Kiln, Grand Junction
2 pm, Paonia Bread Works, Paonia
5 pm, Intrinzik, Montrose
April 2/San Juan, Archuleta, Mineral, Hindsdale Counties
9 am, Coffee Bear, Silverton
1 pm, Pagosa Baking Company, Pagosa Springs
3 pm, Kip’s Grill, Creede
5:30 pm, Cannibal Grill, Lake City
April 3/Garfield County
8 am, Bonfire Coffee, Carbondale
Noon, Bluebird Café, Glenwood Springs
April 4/Garfield and Eagle Counties
9 am, Rifle Library, Rifle
6 pm, Color Coffee Roasters, Eagle
April 6/Lake and Pitkin Counties
Noon, Periodic Brewing, Leadville
5 pm, Schlomo’s, Aspen
April 7/Rio Blanco, Moffat, Jackson, Routt Counties
9 am, Wendll’s, Meeker
11 am, Downtown Books, Craig
3 pm, River Rock, Walden
5:30 pm, Off The Beaten Path, Steamboat
April 8/Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores, Montezuma, LaPlata Counties
9 am, Town Hall, Ridgway
11 am, Ghost Town Grocers, Telluride
1 pm, Prospector Modern American Kitchen, Rico
3:15 pm, The Grange, Mancos
6 pm, Carvers, Durango
April 9/Rio Grande, Conejos, Costilla, Alamosa Counties
9 am, The Perks Coffee Shop, Del Norte
noon, Dutch Mill Café, Antonito
3 pm, Mrs. Rios Restaurant, San Luis
5 pm, TBD, Alamosa
April 10/Gunnison and Saguache Counties
Noon, High Alpine Brewery, Gunnison
5 pm, TBD, Center
April 11/Custer, Huerfano, Pueblo
9 am, Candy’s Coffee, Westcliffe
Noon, Serendipity Coffee House, Walsenburg
5 pm, Do Drop Inn, Pueblo West
April 12 Pueblo County
9 am, Solar Roast Coffee, Pueblo
5 pm, Brue’s Ale House, Pueblo
About Karl Hanlon
Karl Hanlon grew up in a ranching family raising cattle along the border of southern Wyoming and Jackson County, Colo., at the most northeastern tip of the 3rd Congressional District. Karl’s parents were children of the Great Depression who came of age fighting in WWII and working in factories. They raised children who were not only daily acquainted with the hard work of ranching in the West, but were taught the value of good education. Karl’s sister, Anne, runs the ranch today, while Karl became a first-generation college student, putting himself through university and law school to practice water law on the Western Slope.
After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming, Karl spent four years as a seasonal park ranger for the Colorado Division of Parks. He also attended the Police Academy in Rangely, becoming a POST-certified peace officer in Colorado. As challenging and rewarding as that was, Karl knew he wanted to find a way to make a bigger impact, and decided to apply to law school.
Karl was accepted to the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He graduated with a law degree, an environmental certificate, and a burning desire to get back home to Colorado. He knew that water would be a key issue in the state’s future, and chose Glenwood Springs as the place to practice water law.
Karl’s also a husband and a father and step-father of four living on a small ranch in Carbondale. There, he and his wife Sheryl founded a nonprofit that brings children with autism and veterans with PTSD to interact with horses and other animals. He’s on the board of Aspen Public Radio, volunteers at his kids’ schools, coaches CrossFit, and is an avid motorcyclist and skier. www.karlhanlon.com