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Letter: Backing Baumgardner

I had the privilege and honor of representing northwest Colorado in the Colorado House of Representatives for eight years and also served as your state senator for the following eight years. I was very disappointed to read recently that Al and Jean White have endorsed Sen. Randy Baumgardner’s opponent for Colorado Senate District 8. I write to tell you that I strongly support Randy Baumgardner to remain as our state senator.

Randy served as our state representative for four years and has been our state senator for four years. Because of his experience and longevity as our senator, he serves on many coveted committees. He is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and chairman of the Transportation Legislative Review Committee. He is a member of the important Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee. And is chairman of the critical Capital Development Committee. He also serves on the Water Resources Review Committee.

A newcomer to the Senate District 8 seat would have to serve for several years to reach the level of committee assignments and responsibilities that Sen. Baumgardner now holds.

Also, Sen. Baumgardner is a rancher and he understands very well the issues we face here in rural Colorado — including water. To vote for Randy’s opponent does not make sense to me. His seniority on these committees should not be lost. Randy is passionate about supporting jobs here in northwest Colorado.

Randy and I have been friends for over 10 years and I know firsthand he has been a strong voice for and is deeply committed to this district in northwest Colorado. I’m voting for Sen. Randy Baumgardner and hope you will join me.

Jack Taylor

Retired Colorado state senator

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