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Gardner, protesters to show at ‘Freedom Dinner’

courtesy of www.gardner.senate.gov

Senator Cory Gardner is scheduled to be in Glenwood Springs tonight at a fundraiser for Garfield County Republicans. Local activists plan to be there, too.


Gardner is listed as the special guest for the Garfield County Republicans’ “Freedom Dinner” at the Hotel Colorado. The visit comes at the end of a two-week Congressional recess, and some local activists say Gardner should have made time for a public town-hall.

“We feel it’s really important for him to meet with all of his constituents in a public forum, at a place where we can actually ask him questions, especially in our area that is quite purple,” said Gretchen Brogdon with the group Indivisible Roaring Fork.  

She said that her group and others have made multiple requests for a town-hall on the Western Slope to address concerns about the environment, reproductive health, immigration and other issues. Neither Gardner nor Senator Michael Bennet, a democrat, held public meetings in this area during the spring recess.

The dinner is an annual spring fundraiser, where past speakers include Congressman Scott Tipton, Fox News commentator Ben Collins and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

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.