Candidates Zoom Zoom West Slope

Major Democratic candidates and elected officials are crisscrossing northwest Colorado and the mountains during the last weeks of the 2006 election. Starting today, Congressman John Salazar, gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter and US Senator Ken Salazar are all “burning rubber” up and down rural western Colorado highways.Ritter and running mate, Barbara O’Brien are kicking off their “Colorado Promise Bus Tour,” which will make about a dozen campaign stops beginning in Canon City, then on to Salida, Gunnison, Montrose, Delta and Grand Junction on Saturday. Sunday’s trip will take the Ritter team from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs, Eagle and Frisco.

“Over the past 18 months, I’ve visited all 64 counties in Colorado,” Ritter said in a prepared statement. “With the campaign now in the final sprint, Barbara and I want to personally bring our message of hope and opportunity back to the voters one more time before Election Day.”

Meanwhile, Congressman John Salazar continues his campaign trail through the same area. Last week, Salazar had been in Montrose, Glenwood Springs and Durango. This weekend, he will be in Steamboat, Craig, Meeker and Telluride and then back again to Durango, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Aspen and Mesa in the next 10 days.

US Senator Ken Salazar will also be rallying the Democratic troops in the West, stopping in Glenwood Springs this Saturday.

There is no announcement on Bob Beauprez’s gubernatorial website about pending visits to the Western Slope. Last week, CD3 candidate Scott Tipton’s campaign stops included Grand Junction, Rifle and Glenwood Springs.