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Rippy to run for Congress

Submitted PhotoGreg Rippy R-Glenwood Springs, officially announced Tuesday that he'll run for U.S. Congress in 2004.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – State Rep. Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs, officially announced Tuesday that he’ll run for U.S. Congress in 2004.

Longtime Congressional District 3 representative Scott McInnis will not seek re-election at the end of his term next year, so Rippy joined several others – including Rep. Matt Smith, R-Grand Junction – on Tuesday in vying for the Congressional seat.

Rippy is serving his second full term as a state representative, after being appointed to the seat in 2000 when Russell George became director of Colorado’s Division of Wildlife.

Rippy said his “ability to get things done” convinced political allies, as well as Rippy himself, that he would be suited for the federal office.

“The down side is that I’ll be stepping down from the 61st District,” Rippy said on Tuesday. “But it’s not like I’ll leave them. I’ll still be representing them, along with about 540,000 more people.”

Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is one of the largest districts in the United States, geographically larger than the state of Florida. It covers much of Colorado’s Western Slope as well as the southern region of the state including Pueblo, the San Luis Valley and much of the Lower Arkansas Valley.

Rippy said many of the issues that he faces as a state representative will be similar to issues dealt with at a national level.

“I believe I’ve been effective in my term at the state house,” the fourth-generation Roaring Fork Valley native said. “Natural resources, information technology, they’re exactly the types of issues that transcend if they’re local, state or federal.”

Rather than picking a list of popular causes to put on his campaign platform, Rippy said he’ll feel his way through the campaign by listening to his constituents.

“I really don’t want to go out there with the normal platitudes,” he said. “Those are too easy to pick off and say you’re for. What I really want to advocate is an ability to listen.”

Rippy will discuss his congressional bid at two Saturday press conferences. The first will be held at 10 a.m. at Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction. The second will be held at 3 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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