|Phillips Co. Republicans promote involvement|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Starting early to strategize election wins in 2010, Phillips County Republicans gathered a large turnout at the annual Lincoln Day Soup, Salad and Pie Social Sunday, March 1.
More than 90 attended the event, which was held at the Haxtun Community Center. In a nonelection year, the turnout was cited for being especially good.
Current and past office holders, as well as future hopefuls spoke to the group, all emphasizing the importance of becoming informed and involved in the effort to regain Republican dominance in both the Colorado legislature and in Washington D.C.
Phillips County Republican chairman Deb Carlstrom welcomed those in attendance, noting, “We’re here to regroup” following the 2008 election.
Four HHS social studies students of teacher John Ortner assisted in the program by introducing speakers. They included juniors Elise Nelson and Logan Krueger and freshmen Jeremy Loutensock and Austin Killin. Also helping with introductory responsibilities were HHS graduates Elisa Sagehorn and Kayla Young.
Ortner gave the invocation, leading into it with the American’s Creed, which he noted came out of a nationwide contest during World War I for the best summary of American political faith.
The introduction set the tone for the message of various speakers, all reiterating the theme that hard work will be required of the grassroots effort.
Current state elected officials shared concerns for such issues as the new transportation bill, increased license fees, oil and gas legislation, removal of spending limits, stimulus bill, taxation and more.
“We will win in 2010,” said more than one Republican Sunday.
Elected officials who addressed the group included Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling, Colo. House Dist. #65; Greg Brophy of Wray, Colo. Senate Dist. #1; Bob Watson of Sterling, District Attorney, 13th Judicial Dist.; and Cory Gardner of Yuma, Colo. House Dist. #63.
Former U.S. Representative Marilyn Musgrave of Fort Morgan was acknowledged with respect by most of the speakers at Sunday’s program. She also addressed the group.
Brian Ivers spoke on behalf of Congressional candidate Diggs Brown. Also speaking to the Republican delegation were Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, who will announce he’s running for U.S. Senate in April; and Cleve Tidwell, an exploratory gubernatorial candidate who plans to announce his intent to run for governor very soon.
Others on the speakers’ list were Assistant District Attorney Jim Barker; and Perry Buck, vice chairman of the Colorado Republican party.
Also introduced were Phillips County officials in attendance, including Commissioners Jerry Beavers, Bud Biesemeier and Susan Roll Walters, Assessor Doug Kamery and Treasurer Linda Statz. Sedgwick County Republican chair Claudine Kappius and her husband Bob were also recognized.
To close Sunday’s program, Gene and Caroline Daise and Matt Meusborn demonstrated the proper procedure for folding the flag. An interesting history of U.S. flags was part of their program, as well.
A soup, salad and pie social preceded the program, and a silent auction was part of the entertainment, with proceeds to go to local candidates.