3rd Congressional District pits incumbent Salazar against Delta County Commissioner Wolf | PostIndependent.com

3rd Congressional District pits incumbent Salazar against Delta County Commissioner Wolf

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa, is being challenged this year by Republican Delta County Commissioner Wayne Wolf, in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is not only the largest in Colorado but is also the largest congressional district in the nation in terms of area, covering 29 counties in western and southern Colorado from the border of Wyoming to the New Mexico state line, including counties as far east as Pueblo, Otero and Las Animas. According to the 2000 U.S. Census the district has more than 614,000 residents.

Wolf, a seven-year Delta County commissioner from Cedaredge, in 2007 sought ” but failed ” to receive the Republican nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard. That seat is being contested by Republican Bob Schaffer and Democrat Mark Udall.

Wolf is president of the Western District of County Commissioners, co-chair of the Public Lands Partnership, and a member of the state board of Human Services. A fifth-generation rancher, Wolf is also involved in several agriculture-focused committees such as the Agriculture, Wildlife and Rural Affairs Steering Committee of Colorado Counties Inc.

“The purpose of my campaign is to promote good government,” Wolf states on his official website. “Good government is composed of all the people, is run by all the people and is for the benefit of all the people.”

Wolf lists the energy crisis, national security, social security and limited government intrusion as some of the major issues affecting western Colorado, stating, “We can no longer afford the debate between use of traditional fuels and alternatives. We need a suite of energy sources that includes, coal, hydro, natural gas, wind, petroleum, geothermal, nuclear, solar and bio-fuels.”

Wolf will be speaking in Glenwood Springs on Oct. 15 at Fiesta Guadalajara.

Salazar has held his 3rd Congressional District seat since he was first elected in 2004. He was the first Democrat elected to the seat in 12 years and was re-elected in 2006 for his second term.

Similar to Wolf, Salazar lists energy independence as the major concern for western Colorado and the nation on his website. However, Salazar also states that agriculture, health care, social security, fighting for veterans’ issues and transportation are other issues facing western Colorado communities.

Salazar states on his website, “The United States’ energy crisis is due mostly to the imbalance between the demand for energy and supplies, and our increasing reliance on unreliable foreign energy sources. The best way to solve our nation’s energy problems is to have more diversified and reliable sources of energy.”

A sixth-generation rancher from Colorado, Salazar also sees agriculture as “the backbone of our economy, and can be the backbone of our energy supply as well.”

Salazar states, “Renewable energy can be especially critical in moving the country closer to energy self-sufficiency,” adding that renewable energy sources will reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and will also help build the agriculture industry.

Wolf disagrees with Salazar on his view for renewable energy through agriculture, stating, “(Salazar) has supported excessive bio-fuels subsidies which may have the least potential of the alternatives I mentioned.”

Wolf supports responsible off-shore drilling, and working toward an oil shale collaborative that would focus on a development of steady and responsible strategies for the industry.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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