by Edie Flanagin
TRINIDAD- The Southern Colorado Oil and Gas Association meeting last Wednesday in Trinidad was supposed to allow members to meet and hear the two candidates for Colorado State House District 64, however only one of the two invited speakers took the stage. According to Mike Barret, President of the SCOGA, Kellogg agreed to speak at the meeting but backed out abruptly when she found out McKinley was also on the agenda. The absence of Kellogg was remarked upon by many of the attendees, some of whom came specifically to hear her.
Representative Wes McKinley was in fine form and had no trouble taking the time allotted to both candidates to promote his candidacy for the state house. He spoke for thirty or forty minutes creating an easy rapport with the oil and gas people in the room. He outlined his past accomplishments, told about his hopes for the next legislative session, and related a few funny tales about his first years at the Capitol.
Barret told the World Journal the presentation by McKinley assured the gas community that he was looking after the industry interests in this part of the state. He also said McKinley’s common sense approach to regulation and the environment was apparent and impressed the members. Barret also stated that McKinley is working to protect jobs as well as the environment of Southern Colorado.