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It’s Dan Gibbs in Colorado Senate District 16

KATIE LOOBY
klooby@grandcountynews.com
Grand County, Colorado

State Sen. Dan Gibbs was still campaigning and waving to motorists throughout Senate District 16 on Election Day, which saw him win the race for Colorado Senate District 16.

“We are trying to stop at every town in my six counties,” said Gibbs, D-Summit County, in Granby. “I won’t stop campaigning until the polls close tonight.”

District 16 contains portions of the Front Range and mountain towns along Interstate 70, including Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Summit, Boulder and Jefferson counties.

Gibbs also phoned registered voters, who didn’t cast their ballots yet, to encourage them to vote. “We have a list of folks who haven’t voted yet,” he added.

At 6:30 a.m. he started the day with a hearty breakfast at Mountain Lyon Cafe in Silverthorne.

By 10:40 a.m., he had already visited Silverthorne, Keystone, Frisco, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby. After stopping at the Sky-Hi Daily News for an interview, he planned to stop at Tabernash, Fraser and Winter Park in Grand County.

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“It’s exciting, it’s been great,” he said. “I get a lot of honks and waves. It feels like I’m getting a lot of support throughout the district.”

He drove with a group of seven that included family members. A separate group of 10 people made the rounds along the Front Range of District 16, and both groups planned to team up later on.

He said it seems like it was just the other day that he was trying to walk in four different parades on the Fourth of July.

“I’ve knocked on thousands and thousand of doors,” he said, adding that he has gone through multiple cowboy boot soles from walking seven hours a day for months. “This is the day that hopefully all my hard work will pay off.”

He also has attended community fairs and parades, and sent direct mail to residents of District 16. “Hopefully I’ve been able to touch every voter,” he added.

Along the way, he’s put a lot of mileage on his Ford Focus, he said. “I think it’s worth every penny of it,” Gibbs added.

“I think Grand County voters want somebody who knows how to get the job done, who works in a bipartisan fashion,” he said, about the support he’s received from the County. “Somebody who works in a way that really brings the community together.”

The first thing on his agenda now is to plan a series of town hall meetings throughout the counties and “based on what I hear from folks I will be introducing bills,” Gibbs said.

The legislative session is 120 days long, and lasts from January to May.

“I put my heart and soul into the race,” Gibbs said. “I’m honored to have the support of the citizens of Grand County and Senate District 16, and will hard to be a problem-solver and consensus-builder. And to work every day like it’s my last day on earth for the citizens I represent.”

“Of course I congratulate my opponent and encourage him to do the best job for the state,” said Don Ytterberg, Gibbs’ opponent. “This (running for State Senate) is an experience of a lifetime.”

Before the election results were in, Don Ytterberg, R-Jefferson County, was confident about his campaign, and said the feedback he’s received from residents of District 16 has been positive.

“We’re not doing so much today with the campaigning,” he said, adding that signs are stationed near the places where people vote.

He planned to spend the afternoon with family and attend a party at Mount Vernon Country Club in Jefferson County Tuesday evening. The party was for volunteers and donors who contributed to his campaign.

“It will be fun,” he said. “We sent well over 200 invitations.”

He has put a lot of effort into his campaign, he said.

“I’ve done every kind of thing I think you can think of,” Ytterberg added. “The only medium I didn’t use (was) television.”

In Grand County, he talked to residents in Granby, Kremmling and Grand Lake. “That has been excellent for understanding what’s on people’s minds,” he added.

“People are eager to see the economy of Colorado improve,” he said, adding that they’re also concerned with energy issues.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or klooby@grandcountynews.com.

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