Granby Joan Fitz-Gerald wins top billing at district assembly
May 19, 2008
In one of the top 10 most expensive races congressional races in the nation, momentum continues to build for former state Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Boulder, with a lead at the Colorado Second Congressional District Assembly at Ranum High School in Westminster on May 10. Fitz-Gerald won 60 percent of the delegates, compared to 40 percent for entrepreneur Jared Polis, D-Boulder, to put her at the top of the ballot for the Aug. 12 primary. I am honored by the support, said Fitz-Gerald. The people who showed up have re-energized the Democratic Party, and I am proud to be a part of it. We will not forget the veterans, teachers, doctors who have made this country great. Onward to August 12th. Championing renewable energy and an end to NAFTA and CAFTA as well as No Child Left Behind, Fitz-Gerald pounded pavement on the campaign trail last week with a stop in Grand County. The former Senate majority leader met with East Grand School officials then paid a visit to the Sky-Hi Daily News. From there, her tour plans included Summit, Clear Creek, Boulder, Jefferson, Weld and Adams counties.Her platform consists of crusading for renewable energy initiatives from Colorado to Capitol Hill, health-care reform, education and finding mountain pine beetle solutions, which take someone banging on the door constantly, she said. From her experience on the issue in the state Senate, if elected to the U.S. House, she said, she plans to pursue Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars on behalf of Colorado for mitigation work, as well as legislation to incentivize people to move dead product out. For education, a lack of affordable housing in regions like Grand County needs to be addressed, she said.The starting salary of a teacher does not account for living in a county like Grand.And, she continued, the headwater counties in Colorado need a representative in Washington.The Front Range has enough legislators fighting for their own interests, she said. The heavily Democratic-contested Colorado 2nd Congressional District race includes Fitz-Gerald and Polis contending through the caucus process as well as Larry Johnson, D-Lafayette, and Will Shafroth, D-Boulder, working their ways onto the ballot by petition. Last month, the sole Republican candidate in the race, electronic systems engineer Scott Starin of Lafayette, filed papers to make his candidacy official. The race also includes Unity Party of America candidate Bill Hammons.The 2nd Congressional campaign cost is listed No. 5 out of the most expensive races in the country, with $2.23 million already spent, according to information based on Federal Election Commission data released May 12, posted on the Center for Responsive Politics Web site, http://www.opensecrets.org.Polis has spent greater than $1.3 million with more than $600,000, or 37 percent, of campaign financing out of his own pocket.Fitz-Gerald, who contributed 1 percent or $15,000 to her own campaign, has spent around $562,000, with $574,592 cash on hand.And Shafroth has raised more than $1 million.At the CD2 Assembly, four delegates were secured for presidential candidates Barack Obama and two delegates for Sen. Hillary Clinton. The Colorado Democratic State Assembly and Convention took place May 16 and 17, with the National Convention taking place in Denver Aug. 25-28. The Republican 2nd Congressional District Assembly & Convention will take place May 30 in Westminster, with the Republican National Convention Sept. 1-4 in Minneapolis, Minn. Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.