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Colorado auto dealers make first-ever endorsement: Walker Stapleton

Author: Joey Bunch - October 11, 2018 - Updated: October 11, 2018

Walker StapletonRepublican gubernatorial nominee Walker Stapleton speaks at a GOP Unity Tour stop in Lakewood on June 28. (Photo by Joey Bunch/Colorado Politics)

The Colorado Auto Dealers Association officially put its name Thursday behind a political candidate for the very first time: Republican Walker Stapleton for governor.

“Walker Stapleton is the leader Colorado needs,” Tim Jackson, the organization’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are endorsing a gubernatorial candidate for the first time in history because the stakes are so high in this election.

“Congressman Polis’ plans could result in thousands of job losses, but Walker understands how over-burdensome regulations will make the cars and light trucks Coloradans like or need to buy more expensive for families and put people out of jobs. We are encouraging our members and their employees across the state to support Walker this November.”

The 85-year-old association represents about 260 small, family owned and national dealerships that employ more than 43,000 people Coloradans.

Stapleton said he was honored to make history.

“Congressman Polis wants to impose regulations that will make cars more costly for Colorado families and lead to job losses,” he said. “I will put Coloradans first and fight back against these over-burdensome regulations.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.