Election 2018News

Club 20 Friday night steak fry fetes those about to debate

Author: Marianne Goodland - September 7, 2018 - Updated: September 24, 2018

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GRAND JUNCTION — The election debate weekend at Club 20 on the Western Slope started out Friday night with a steak fry that allowed Saturday’s combatants to have a good meal and a drink or two before the debates.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis chose to skip the headline debate Saturday night.

Keep your eyes on Colorado Politics for all the news from the 30-year tradition that unofficially kicks off the race to Election Day,

Some of the sightings at Friday night’s event:

Club 20 Friday
State Board of Education member Joyce Rankin and former Rep. Joe Rice, now with Lockheed Martin. (Photo by Marianne Goodland/Colorado Politics)
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Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, House District 26 Republican candidate Nicki Mills and state Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Bartels, Secretary of State’s office.)

 

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Bernie Buescher, the Former state representative and secretary of state, left, with his Grand Junction twin, Charles Ashby of the Grand Junction Sentinel. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Bartels of the Secretary of State’s office)
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Rootin’ tootin’ Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, a former state representative, and the Gibbs posse. (Photo by Marianne Goodland/Colorado Politics)
Former Sen. Tom Blickensderfer, now a grants manager at Denver International Airport, and your faithful correspondent.  (Photo by Marianne Goodland/Colorado Politics)

 

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Lynn Bartels of the Secretary of State’s office with Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and mom, Diana Donovan. (Photo by Marianne Goodland/Colorado Politics)

 

 

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House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, and Democratic attorney general candidate Phil Weiser. (Photo by Marianne Goodland/Colorado Politics)

 

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State Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, and Club 20 executive director Christian Reece. (Photo by Marianne Goodland/Colorado Politics)

 

 

 

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.