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Randy Baumgardner makes official his candidacy for U.S. Senate

Randy Baumgardner announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate outside of Maverick's on Friday, July 12, in Granby.
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GRANBY — Republican State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, of Cowdrey and Hot Sulphur Springs, kicked off his Senate campaign at Maverick’s Grill in Granby on Friday, July 12, saying he believed the incumbent in the race, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is vulnerable. Baumgardner vowed to represent the working class of Colorado if elected to the U.S. Senate.

“His (Udall’s) votes have not been reflective of Colorado,” Baumgardner said. “They are reflective of Washington D.C.”

Baumgardner could be challenging Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) during the Nov. 5, 2014, general elections, if he wins in the primaries next summer.

Baumgardner was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008, and successfully won election to the Colorado Senate in 2012. He represents Senate District 8, which encompasses Grand, Garfield, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Rout, and Summit Counties.

“His (Udall’s) votes have not been reflective of Colorado,” Baumgardner said. “They are reflective of Washington D.C.”

“I have always represented my district at the State Senate and House of Representatives, and I will continue to do that same job for them at the Capitol,” He said. “I have given them 100 percent and I will continue to give 100 percent.”

Baumgardner operates two ranches in Colorado with his wife Lori, who is a small business owner in Kremmling. One ranch is located in between Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby, and one is located in northern Jackson County.

“I am Colorado,” he said. “I make my living by working in the dirt.”

Baumgardner discussed his intention to protect Constitutional rights if elected to the U.S. Senate, namely 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms as well as Constitutional rights to privacy, which he says Udall has not given enough support.

Baumgardner commented that Udall is in favor of allowing drones to operate over U.S. soil, something he said he supported over maritime boarders to enhance boarder security, but that he did not approve of over states such as California, Wyoming, and Colorado. “I can’t understand why anybody would want that,” he said.

Baumgardner also plans to address the Affordable Care Act, which he believes was enacted too quickly and without a full understanding of its ramifications.

Udall has held office in the U.S. Senate since 2009 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District from 1999 to 2009.

Freshman State Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs), recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate as well.

Other main issues that Baumgardner has said he plans to address are civil liberties, such as second amendment rights, immigration issues, states rights, and energy issues. Baumgardner has said he supports exploration and production of coal and oil and gas both in Colorado and nationally as well as supports the production of other types of energy such as wind and solar energy.

During the announcement of his candidacy, Baumgardner noted that he would speak for Colorado if elected to the U.S. Senate. “I want the voice of Coloradans heard,” he said.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

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