MEET LOCAL, DISTRICT, STATEWIDE AND FEDERAL CANDIDATES

Scroll down to see all of the local, district, state and federal candidates being supported by the Gunnison County Republican Central Committee!

MEET DAVE TAYLOR! REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE DISTRICT 1 GUNNISON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Dave attended Colorado State University and Graduated in 1980 with distinction (top 10%) with a B.S. in Business Administration-Concentration in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam in 1982. While his CPA certification has expired his deep knowledge of accounting and finance have served him well in his life and business endeavors.

Dave started his career with Touche Ross & Co, a big 8 public accounting firm in 1980. He went to work for a client in the cattle business in 1983 as controller and then Financial V.P. Dave worked at Red River Feed Yard in Stanfield, AZ formerly owned by John Wayne. The 1986 stock market crash forced the owner of this company into bankruptcy and Dave moved on. From 1987 to 1995, Dave was a commodity broker, golf course business manager and restaurant owner.

Dave’s big break in business came in 1995 when he went to work for a visionary entrepreneur in the temporary labor business.  Dave returned to Denver in 1997 and became the majority stockholder in the Denver subsidiary of the temporary labor business. This operation grew from 4 offices to 9 offices from 1997 to 2009. During their heyday this business did 8-10 million dollars in revenue and employed as many as 500 workers a day. Most years the temporary labor business issued 2000-2500 W-2’s annually. The financial crisis of 2008 forced the labor company to downsize, but the company was profitable every year of Dave’s ownership.

Many temporary employees at the labor company were people getting back on their feet or still struggling with substance abuse, drug addiction, or trouble with legal issues. Dave’s company was often the employer of last resort for many. Dave developed a strong advocacy for the underdog through this experience. All workers were treated fairly and with respect and dignity.

Dave and Susie purchased the Gunnison KOA campground in 2004. Somewhat, serendipitously, Dave’s parents had been work campers at the campground from 1997-2001 and Dave and Susie visited often with their young family. Dave’s critically ill Mom, and his Dad would live at their beloved campground with support from the family. Mom went to heaven on July 4, 2004 during the first year of ownership.   

In 2012, Dave sold his interest in the temporary labor company back to the visionary who had provided the opportunity and became a full-time resident of Gunnison. As the campground is open from May 1, to October 1, the off season provided great opportunity for Dave to do things he wanted to do. He worked at Alta convenience store where he met more community members in a short time that he had in his previous 8 years in Gunnison. His ego over powered his common sense when he purchased the former Trough restaurant and operated as “Double Dave’s” and then “The Steakhouse” for about a year. While this operation may have been successful with more time, the all-consuming nature of the restaurant business and financial commitment were too much and the restaurant was closed. Humbled but not broken, valuable lessons were learned!

Volunteering at the Gunnison food pantry and the senior center followed. After a several teen suicides in the community and the dire need for School Bus drivers, Dave decided to drive a school bus in the off season to connect with our youth. Committed to show a positive attitude and happiness to all who rode his bus, maybe one day he could be the friendly voice that could avert a disaster.

Dave became aware that School Board positions were sometimes hard to fill, so he applied and was appointed to the School Board in December of 2019. With a strong background in accounting and finance he hopes to help navigate the financial stress of COVID budget issues and bring a business perspective to school business.

While politics were not a consideration before COVID, Dave was motivated to bring a fresh voice to county politics. As a businessman, Dave wants to bring more balance to the BOCC. Support of local business and positive communication are high priorities. Dave’s financial aptitude will allow him to go deep into county finance and clearly explain financial issues to our taxpayers. Dave is very approachable and is committed to giving honest, straight forward answers, to all questions. 

Dave Taylor (61) grew up in Naperville, Il and graduated from Naperville Central H.S. in 1976. Mom, Matilda (deceased 2004) Dad, Jim (88) instilled strong values in their Sons Tom (63) Dave (61) and Bill (59).

Married to his High School sweet heart, Susie in 1980, they celebrated their 40th anniversary in June. Daughter, Katie (37) operates a successful legal recruiting business with her Partners. Son, Michael (33) is a paramedic with Gunnison Valley Hospital.

To donate send checks payable to Dave Taylor for County Commissioner (max $100 per person and per business) to: Box  718     Gunnison, CO 81230

MEET TRUDY VADER, UNAFILLIATED CANDIDATE, DISTRICT 2 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION

Unaffiliated fourth-generation Gunnison resident running for county commissioner.

June 22, 2020 – The paperwork is done and it’s official that Trudy Vader, a fourth generation Gunnison resident, is running for District 2 county commissioner.

As someone who is not affiliated with the two major political parties, Vader has the option to petition onto the November 2020 ballot. Unaffiliated voters do not hold a caucus or assembly, therefore unaffiliated candidates do not have that path to be printed on the primary ballot. She is now tasked with obtaining 173 valid Gunnison County registered voter signatures by the July 27 deadline.

Vader’s family in Gunnison County dates back to an 1881 ranch started by her great-grandfather Palmer H. Vader. Palmer was known for his progressive ranching and dedication to serving the folks in Gunnison County. Trudy worked for some time on the family ranch training horses. Later on, as a single mom of two, Kayla and Scott, she achieved a K-12 art education degree from Western State College in 1994 and graduated with a master’s degree in art from Adams State College in 1998. Her final degree was an ED.S. in administrative leadership and policy studies from University of Colorado Denver in 2007.

Vader’s professional career included 13 years teaching Art in the Mancos, Rocky Ford and Yuma School Districts and, at Lamar Community College. Following her education in administrative leadership and policy studies, she was a high school and middle school principal for 7 years in the Huerfano and Cripple Creek School Districts.  Her career in education culminated as Superintendent of the Hayden School District.

Through her school administration experience, she has worked with many state, county and city governing entities, including county commissioners.  Being in leadership roles in mostly socio-economically depressed rural areas during the latest major recession, she believes she is especially equipped with the necessary experience to oversee operational budgets in an efficient and effective manner.  In addition to her work experience, she served on the Board for Southern Teller County Health Service District as secretary.

Vader is running because “having all of our county elected leaders being like-minded creates lopsided governance and little reason to critically examine issues,” she says. “This type of decision-making has been firmly seeded in our county for too long and it’s become a glaring problem, sometimes thrusting Gunnison County into national headlines in a negative light.”

She is looking for support from across the political spectrum and from those that believe we need a leader in Gunnison County with common sense and who is an independent creative thinker.  Vader says, “I’m a leader who has the ability to consider the effects of decision making from the big picture and the long view.  I will be a leader willing to listen and work in a collaborative manner for the good of Gunnison County.”

To contact Vader with your questions, ideas and comments please email her at VoteTrudyVader@gmail.com or call her at (970) 975-1611. 

To donate mail checks (maximum $99 per person or per company) payable to Vote Trudy Vader, Box 403, Gunnison, CO 81230

MEET SETH RYAN, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR THE 7TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Currently the chief deputy district attorney for the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Seth and his wife, Stacey, have called Montrose home since 2007.

Since February 2014, he has been the lead attorney for the Special Victim’s Crime Unit, which is primarily responsible for prosecuting sex offenses perpetrated against both adult and child victims. This has been a highlight of his career, and he is passionate about seeking justice for the victims he serves. 

Seth received his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver in 1997. He put both degrees to work as a stockbroker and a performance enhancement specialist for the Fortune 500 company Charles Schwab, Inc. During this time, he received multiple customer service awards and was responsible for propelling his team into the top ten performing groups in the company.

In 2007, Seth decided to return to the public sector as a prosecutor. He believes that being a prosecutor is the best job in law because every day you have the opportunity to impact someone’s life for the better.

Seth is excited to incorporate the latest management techniques to create prosecutions that are smarter, braver, and community responsive. 

Seth enjoys the outdoor activities our Western Slope communities offer as well as playing the electric guitar and ballroom dancing with Stacey.

About the 7th Judicial District Office of the District Attorney

The District Attorney serves the 7th Judicial District, which is comprised of six (6) counties: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel. The many communities in the 7th Judicial District vary in character from rural to frontier, resort to remote, agricultural to mining, retirement to university.

Located on Colorado’s Western Slope, the 7th Judicial District covers a geographical area in excess of 9,500 square miles. The DA’s Office serves these counties and their many communities in four (4) separate offices, located in the towns of Delta, Gunnison, Montrose and Telluride. Each county has a courthouse located in the county seat, and Montrose County also has an associate county court that hears cases in the town of Nucla in the county’s West End.

For more about the DA’s Office, please visit https://www.co7da.org.

Meet Kim McGahey, Colorado House District 61

Web site:  https://www.kimforhd61.com

Meet Marilyn Harris, Colorado House District 59

Web site: https://www.marilynharrisforcolorado.com

MEET JOYCE RANKIN, COLORADO SCHOOL BOARD REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE

“The most important role of a teacher is to prepare students to become successful readers.”
​- Joyce Rankin

Joyce grew up in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her 5th-grade teacher, she told her parents, at age 10, that she wanted to be a teacher. Following graduation with a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, she began her teaching career in the fifth grade. She received her Master’s Degree and Administrative Credential from California State University at San Jose and served as an elementary school Principal.

MEET LAUREN BOEBERT, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR COLORADO’S CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3

Lauren Boebert is a Coloradoan living on the Western Slope who believes in personal freedom, citizen rights, and upholding the Constitution of the United States. She is the founder, owner, and operator of Shooters Grill, a restaurant that earned national notoriety for staff that proudly open carry as they serve their customers. She gained additional recognition in September 2019 by attending presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s rally to tell him directly: “Hell, no, you won’t take our guns.” When Colorado’s liberal state government voted for the state to join the National Popular Vote Compact and hand our votes for President of the United States to California, Lauren became the second-largest signature gatherer (over 229,000 signatures were gathered statewide), ensuring that voters would have the opportunity to repeal NPV this fall. If repealed, it will be the first time since the 1930’s that a law was repealed via citizen petition. Lauren is active in her church and has spent years counseling at-risk women at the local jail, encouraging them to become self-sufficient and productive members of society who do not depend on government assistance. She is an avid supporter of President Trump and his policies to Make America Great Again.

“There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend on helping win,” said Lauren. “I’m running for Congress to stand up for our conservative values, address our current representatives’ failed promises, and put far-left Democrats back in their place.”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Squad and the rest of these left-wing lunatics are taking a wrecking ball to our country while our current representative stays utterly silent,” Lauren said. “Hard-working, patriotic Americans like you and me don’t want the Green New Deal and socialized medicine.  Every time AOC and the rest of the Squad pipes up with another crazy idea, I will remind them that our belief in God, Country and Family are what built the United States of America into the greatest nation the world has ever known.”   

Lauren’s husband, Jayson, has worked his entire adult life in oil and gas fields, primarily in Western Colorado. They are the proud parents of four boys.

MEET CORY GARDNER, UNITED STATES SENATE

Cory Gardner knows how blessed we are to live in a place like Colorado, a state that has cultivated innovation, creativity and new opportunity for generations.  He is a Coloradan through and through and fights each and every day to make Colorado thrive, a state that Cory’s family has called home for five generations.

Cory’s love for Colorado took him to Colorado State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and later to Boulder, where he earned his law degree at the University of Colorado. Cory and his wife Jaime live in Yuma, where they are raising a 6th generation of Coloradans: their children Alyson, Thatcher, and Caitlyn.

Cory’s family lives in the same house his great-grandparents lived in, in the same tight-knit community where Cory learned the values of accountability, responsibility, and the pride in a hard day’s work. Yuma is also home to Farmers Implement Company, a farm equipment business that has been in the Gardner family for over 100 years, and where Cory learned to run a business and to fight for our farmers and ranchers.

He’s a different kind of lawmaker in today’s hyper-partisan environment – instead of looking at the party letter next to somebody’s name, Cory looks for opportunities to improve the quality of life for Coloradans. He is ranked the 3rd most bipartisan Senator, and has a proven record of working across the aisle and delivering results for Colorado. Cory is the most effective federal representative in Colorado, with more bills signed into law than the rest of the entire Colorado congressional delegation combined.

As the chief architect of relocating the Bureau of Land Management to Colorado, Cory brought federal decision-makers closer to our public lands, because he believes government operates best when its closest to the people it serves. He’s secured funding to help rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges, allowing families to spend more time together instead of stuck in traffic. And Coloradans across the state now have more money in their pockets thanks to Cory’s work on opportunity zones and tax cuts that have helped grow wages and Colorado’s economy.

Cory serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he is a champion for Colorado’s public lands. In 2018, he led passage of the largest public lands package in more than a decade and secured permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the crown jewel of conservation programs for preserving Colorado’s great outdoors.

As a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Cory worked with members of both major parties to secure more than $300 million dollars for transportation and infrastructure projects in Colorado. And he helped save a Colorado company that is the backbone of our space program.

He is a champion for scientific research and the groundbreaking, world-changing work done at Colorado research institutions. Cory played a major role in securing the funding to finish the Aurora VA Hospital, and believes anyone who has worn the uniform for the United States deserves the best quality of care our country can provide.

Cory believes in Colorado and thinks America’s best days lie ahead.

FOR QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL JANE CHANEY, CHAIR, GUNNISON COUNTY REPUBLICANS AT 970-349-7744 OR EMAIL JCHANEY@Q.COM

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