Grand Lake Republican joins race to fill Rep. Al White’s state House seat
Sky-Hi Daily News
Daniel Korkowski, the town of Grand Lake’s code enforcement officer and owner of a local business, announced his candidacy for District 57 state representative.
The candidacy heats up the district’s Republican race, with Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs also in the running. The Democratic candidate looking to fill the seat being vacated by part-time Winter Park resident Al White is Robert Hagenbuch of Phippsburg.
Korkowski made his announcement at the Grand Lake Town Board Meeting on Monday evening.
Korkowski and his wife Jill have been full-time residents in the Grand Lake area since 1996. Prior to moving to the mountain town, Korkowski was a police officer in Aurora, where he worked on patrol and in the community services division.
With long ties to the area on his wife’s side of the family, the Korkowskis spent most of their vacation time enjoying “all the area had to offer,” before relocating from Aurora to Grand Lake after Korkowski medically retired from the police department as a result of an on-duty injury.
They had decided Grand County was the “best place to raise our family,” he said.
In the last 25 years, Korkowski said, he has watched the changing landscape in northwestern Colorado: the devastation of forests, the depletion of reservoirs and the erection of oil rigs.
“The people who live in northwestern Colorado are facing struggles just as challenging as those affecting our environment,” he said. “Many Colorado families cannot afford to live where they work and many more families cannot afford adequate health insurance or health care.
“There are several strong collaborations currently in place in northwestern Colorado that are identifying and creating solutions to these problems. The undertakings and accomplishments made during Al White’s tenure as state representative for District 57 are admirable, and I would be honored to continue representing the concerns of the people who live in northwestern Colorado.”
The Korkowskis own and operate Moose Stop Video in Grand Lake. Jill is the executive director of the Mountain Family Center, a Grand County nonprofit organization. They have three children, Cassie, Brad and Bridget. Cassie is a sophomore and Brad is a freshman at Mesa State College. Bridget is a freshman at the University of Northern Colorado.
District 57 includes all or parts of Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties.
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