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My choice to succeed Sen. Campbell: Hank Brown or Dick Lamm. Of course, both have moved on so neither would serve. Hank was U.S. Senator from Colorado in the 1990s, as a reasoned voice for less federal government and sound fiscal policies. His personal and political records are unblemished. Dick now takes the point position in major public policy matters and rails against the unsustainability of various institutions as presently configured, most recently our crippled health care system and our messy immigration policies. Both are independent thinkers who exercise sound judgment.

I frankly have no idea as to whom I would like to see replace Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell in the next election. Whatever political party he belonged to, Campbell was a colorful and powerful ally for the state of Colorado. I wish he and his family well.I would hope in the next months we, as the voting public will learn factual information about each candidate who will run for the seat. This opening brings Colorado once again into national prominence. Let us all search for the candidate who will fairly represent our state in an honest and responsible manner. Most of all let everyone realize their responsibility to vote.

When Gov. Bill Owens announced he would not seek the office, I lost my first choice.Scott McInnis could serve as a pragmatic second choice, if only to preserve a Republican majority in the Senate.A possible dark horse is Ken Salazar, a moderate Democrat who has worked from the prosecution side of the aisle.

Scott McInnis is my choice if he decides to continue in politics. His experience in the sprawling 3rd District and his independent thinking about water policy, forest management, national defense, and law enforcement is attractive. At a personal level he responded to every issue I raised with him as my representative with speed and obviously uncanned sincerity.

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