Crowder, Navarro-Ratzlaff, Wilson, Walters and Dore get nod of support
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.—The editorial board for the Pueblo Chieftain endorsed five Republican candidates for the state Legislature yesterday: Larry Crowder, Senate District 35; Clarice Navarro Ratzlaff, House District 47; Jim Wilson, House District 60; Tim Walters, House District 62; and Tim Dore, House District 64. Highlights from the announcement are copied below.
In the Senate District 35 race, the Chieftain writes:
“Mr. Crowder was born and raised in Otero County. He now operates a farm and ranch in Alamosa County. He would work to defend water rights. He opposes the Army’s efforts to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.
“Mr. Crowder has been a community leader, one we endorse. Vote for Larry Crowder in Senate District 35.” (“Statehouse races,” Pueblo Chieftain, 10/10/12).
In the House District 47 race, the Chieftain writes:
“Mrs. Navarro-Ratzlaff underlined her experience on Las Animas City Council, being a teacher, and most recently, working for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. She is pro business and has a good sense for this region.
“Thus we urge voters in District 47 to vote for Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff.” (“Statehouse races,” Pueblo Chieftain, 10/10/12).
In the House District 60 race, the Chieftain writes:
“Mr. Wilson is a retired superintendent of the Salida R32J School District. He says a major need in the district in order to stimulate economic development is the expansion of broadband Internet service into more sparsely populated areas. He would make that a top priority.
“He also wants to see more vocational and technical education centers created. He stressed his experience in making the Salida school district financially stable as an asset for the Legislature.
“Jim Wilson brings the better credentials to the table, and we urge voters to send him to the Legislature.” (“Statehouse races,” Pueblo Chieftain, 10/10/12).
In the House District 62 race, the Chieftain writes:
“Democratic incumbent Edward Vigil is being challenged by Republican Tim Walters for this seat which covers the San Luis Valley and a portion of South Pueblo.
“Mr. Walters was born and raised in Pueblo, graduating from Central High School in 1968. Since moving to the San Luis Valley, he has been a farm owner and manager, a member of the Adams State University Board of Trustees where he was chairman for several years, and a past member of Alamosa City Council and that city’s Land Use Committee. He is also a strong advocate of keeping the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
“Tim Walters would bring fresh, new representation to the people of House District 62, and we urge voters to send him to the Statehouse.” (“Statehouse races,” Pueblo Chieftain, 10/10/12).
In the House District 64 race, the Chieftain writes:
“Republican Tim Dore is unopposed by any major party candidate. A resident of Elizabeth in Elbert County, he has worked hard to learn issues in a sprawling Eastern Plains district that stretches south to the New Mexico border. Tim Dore deserves a term from House District 64.” (“Statehouse races,” Pueblo Chieftain, 10/10/12).