Hasan, Scanlan face off
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado Ali Hasan went on the attack against his opponent, Christine Scanlan, in the race for Eagle Countys state House seat at a debate Wednesday.I think we have leadership void in the state House now, Hasan, a Republican from Beaver Creek, said at the debate held at the Eagle-Vail pavilion and sponsored by the three area Rotary clubs.The fact that the current representative isnt reading the bills before even voting on them, to me, this is a demonstration that we have some incompetence over at this position, he said. Hasan said Scanlan didnt read a bill that came before the House this year. Scanlan, a Democrat from Dillon, said she does read all proposed lawsI do read every bill, she said. I just dont necessarily remember the details of every bill.Scanlan said shes accomplished a lot as the local state House representative, including defeating a proposal for tolls on Interstate 70 and getting the Dillon Dam Road in Summit County back open.I will fight hard for you, she said. Im an advocate.Hasan said he hopes to accomplish a lot if he wins the seat, including getting a monorail built along I-70 and passing laws that would allow cutting more pine-beetle-killed trees on federal lands.With regards to the current H-2B visas troubles that are plaguing local businesses, both candidates said they would work to pass a guest-worker bill that would help the tourism industry.Scanlan touted the agriculture guest-worker bill that she helped pass.Hasan said a monorail would help increase the labor pool. He also criticized legislation passed by Democrats that forces employers to verify immigration status, saying state Democrats have become anti-immigrant.Both candidates said environmental stewardship and energy exploration can coexist as long as there are good regulations in place.A difference of opinion came when the candidates discussed unions. Hasan said he opposes pro-union legislation.If there are any bills that are encouraging unions or encouraging the organization of it, I am going to be against it, Hasan said.Scanlan said although there are few union employees in Colorado, unions do have benefits.I do think theres a place for unions in the state, she said.In his closing statement, Hasan accused Scanlan of character assassination in some of her comments about Hasan during the election.We are running the most positive, energetic campaign in all of Colorado, he said.Scanlan, on the other hand, talked about her love for the close-knit nature of mountain towns.I cant express enough how much I care about this community, she said.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.