by Edie Flanagin
WALSENBURG- An old fashion political rally was held at the community center in Walsenburg Saturday. The GOTV (Get Out the Vote) rally featured Senator Mark Udall, Congressman John Salazar and State Senate hopeful, Gloria Stultz. About 40 Huerfano county Democrats and other interested citizens showed up to hear and be heard by the politicians. Udall and the candidates spent an informal 30 minutes mingling with the crowd answering questions and listening to citizen concerns before the more formal stump speeches were delivered. Senator Udall, elected in 2008 isn’t on this year’s ballot, but was traveling with Congressman Salazar last weekend to help out the campaign. Salazar is in a tight race with Scott Tipton for the US House Seat- 3rd District. Stultz is running for the State Senate District 2 seat held by Ken Kester who is term limited. Stultz’s opponent is Republican Kevin Grantham, both are from Canon City.
Stultz was the first to speak. She told of her roots in Colorado, her background in agriculture, a small business owner and her life on the 125 year old Stultz family farm in Fremont County. She pledges to bring “common sense” and her work ethic to the State Capitol. She will work hard for the citizens of District 2. Stultz spent Friday and Saturday in Walsenburg canvassing neighborhoods, touring the Petroglyph RO plant the hospital and Vet’s home, attending a meeting of the Huerfano County Tourism Board, visiting with Huerfano Democrats, and finally speaking at the GOTV rally.
Senator Udall introduced Congressman Salazar saying the two of them worked well together when both were in the US House and now with Udall in the Senate and Salazar in the House they make an even better team representing the people of rural Southern Colorado. Udall emphasized the need for all Huerfano Democrats to get out, knock on doors and encourage all their neighbors to vote. Salazar gave an impassioned stump speech listing important accomplishments during the last legislative session. Health Care Reform, which will save Americans billions by cutting fraud and abuse from Medicare, and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act which kept our country out of another great depression are just two important milestones. The Stock Market trading above 11,000 and the unemployment numbers decreasing are indications the economy is improving. Salazar implored the Huerfano Democrats to get everyone they know to get out and vote to return him to Washington.
Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 29 at the Community Center in Walsenburg, mail-in ballots are out and need to be mailed by Friday. Polls open on Election Day, Nov 2 at 7 am and close at 7 pm.