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Schwartz and Tipton face off in debate at Club 20


 Former state Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Democrat who used to live in Snowmass Village, is challenging Republican Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez in the race for Colorado’s Third Congressional District.


This district, which includes the Roaring Fork Valley, spans a wide section of the state, from Craig to Grand Junction, and Durango to Pueblo.

Earlier this month a group of western Colorado counties hosted a debate between the two candidates. One key topic is oil and gas development in the Piceance Basin.

“Why wouldn’t we grasp that opportunity?” Tipton said during the debate.

Schwartz responded, “We do it in the right place, with the right oversight, and allow for balanced use of our public lands.”

The candidates also discussed Social Security, immigration, health care and more.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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