Cacioppo earns spot on fall election ballot |

Cacioppo earns spot on fall election ballot

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, left, with fellow Republican Michael Cacioppo, right. Cacioppo, a longtime Vail Valley resident, was chosen by acclamation to be the party's candidate this fall for Colorado House District 26. Cacioppo will run against incumbent Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush.

COLORADO SPRINGS — Longtime Vail Valley resident and business owner Michael Cacioppo was elected by acclamation to be the Republican candidate for state representative from House District 26 by Republican delegates from Routt and Eagle counties at the party’s recent state convention. There has not been a state representative elected from Eagle County since 1990.

In a release, Cacioppo writes he’s an environmentalist who helped file a $600 million lawsuit against Paramount Pictures Corp. — then owner of the Eagle Mine near Gilman — for damaging the Eagle River. That damage turned the river orange, killing fish and bugs in the river.

The release states that Cacioppo supports reasonable police protection (not a police state), reasonable fire protection to prevent our forests from burning, reasonable road maintenance (fix the parking lot now known as Interstate 70) and reasonable parks and recreation.

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Cacioppo will face incumbent Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, of Steamboat Springs.

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