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Pace for U.S. Congress

Post Independent Opinion
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Colorado’s Third Congressional District is so diverse that its best form of representation is from a moderate politician who can work with and build consensus among Republicans, Democrats and independents.

The district’s been represented by moderates of both parties, including a few mavericks, and is frequently in play between the two major parties. The election of Cortez Republican Scott Tipton in 2010, however, tipped the balance further to the right than usual.

To his credit, Tipton has been working to streamline the permitting process for small-scale hydropower projects, and he pushed hard for designation of Chimney Rock National Monument. But he also would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, opposes giving the EPA the regulatory authority to address the mounting challenges of climate change, and is in lock-step with Rep. Paul Ryan on the GOP vice presidential candidate’s budget plan.

Pace, on the other hand, describes himself as ready to listen to his constituents first, and to work across the aisle. He built relations with GOP colleagues in the state House of Representatives while serving as minority leader. His leadership in the Legislature during the painful budget cuts of 2011 and 2012 ensured that budget sacrifices made sense, and that funds restored in 2013 went to the areas of highest need.

As a congressional challenger, he says the key to resolving the looming federal budget crisis is to break the party-line gridlock that has made the U.S. Congress so dysfunctional. While that gridlock seems iron-clad, our country will not crack it open unless we elect people intent on putting accomplishment ahead of ideology.

Pace promotes an agenda focused on issues that demand bipartisanship, including building rural infrastructure for broadband service and aviation, amending tax codes to make it easier for small business to create jobs, and developing targeted workforce training.

In the five-way race for the seat between Tipton, Pace, independents Tisha Casida and Jaime McMillan, and Libertarian Gregory Gilman, we endorse Sal Pace for the Third Congressional District seat.

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