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After a COVID-19 pandemic hiatus last year, the Chaffee County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner had a sellout crowd at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Pavilion last Saturday evening. Several Republican candidates running for state and local office attended.

Master of Ceremonies Jim Wilson, the former Colorado District 60 Representative, kept the evening of introductions and speeches moving. The keynote, by former U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, was enthusiastically received. Former legislators Gardner and Frank McNulty conducted a question and answer period following their remarks.

Each candidate running for office introduced themselves and talked about their decision to run. Republican candidate for Colorado Governor, Darryl Gibbs spoke. Liza Lopez was also there representing her husband Greg Lopez, also a candidate for Governor, while gubernatorial candidate Laurie Clark was unable to attend.

Alison Brown talks about her candidacy for Chaffee County Commissioner at Lincoln Day Dinner. Photo by Sandy Hobbs.

There to talk about their runs for congress was Carl Anderson of Colorado Springs, Erik Aadland of Pine and Tim Reichert of Golden. Talking about her run for Colorado Secretary of State was Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, who ran afoul of Colorado election protocol in the 2020 election.

Local candidates there that evening included Chaffee County Treasurer Dee Dee Copper who is running for reelection. Dr. Alison Brown, who is running for Chaffee County Commissioner, commented that her candidacy was brought about by her observations that government should exist to benefit residents, and not to limit private property rights.

Featured image: Republican Candidates gather at the Lincoln Day Dinner. From left to right: Candidate for U.S. Congress Laurel Imer, Candidate for Congress Carl Anderson from Colorado Springs, Candidate for U.S. Congress Erik Aadland, and Chaffee County Treasurer Dee Dee Copper.

Next, running for Chaffee County Commissioner Dr. Alison Brown, Liza Lopez, representing her husband Greg Lopez, a candidate for Governor,  Candidate for Governor Darryl Gibbs, Candidate for Colorado Secretary of State Tina Peters, Mark Baisley, candidate for Colorado Senate, Brandon Becker also running for Chaffee County Commissioner and finally, at far right, rear, John Spezze, Chaffee County Sheriff.

Invited but not able to attend the event was Laurie Clark, candidate for Colorado governor.

Editor’s Note: Dr. Alison Brown is a primary investor in Ark Valley Voice. Per the contract, she has no editorial input or control.  Ark Valley Voice does not do any endorsements of political candidates.