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Senate candidate to address local Republicans

Daily Staff Writer

Republican senate candidate Bob Schaffer is the keynote speaker at Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by the Eagle County Republicans.

Schaffer is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo. Right now, Schaffer is the only Republican in the race.

Schaffer’s Lincoln Day appearance in Eagle County comes on the heels of this week’s party caucuses, which he calls the roots of the political party system.

“The grassroots activists had their say,” Elizabeth Blackney, spokeswoman for the Schaffer campaign, said before Tuesday’s caucuses. “The caucuses give every Republican in the state an opportunity to have their voice heard.”

Schaffer served three, two-year terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, having first been elected to Congress in November, 1996. He represented Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District, succeeding senators Wayne Allard and Hank Brown. During his first campaign, Schaffer signed a pledge to only serve three terms and retired at the end of the 107th Congress in 2003.

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During his time in congress, Schaffer introduced the ultimately unsuccessful Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution to require a balanced federal budget every year he served in Congress. He said his senate campaign is based on broad-based tax relief, protecting Social Security and Medicare, improving education and making government smaller, more efficient and more accountable.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Schaffer served nine years as a Colorado state senator. He was 25 years old when first sworn in, the youngest to serve in Colorado’s Senate.

Schaffer is the son of retired public school educators. He worked his way through college as a farm hand, receiving his B.A. from the University of Dayton and an honorary doctorate in management from Colorado Technical University. He is a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and lives in Fort Collins with his wife, Maureen, and their five children.

GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner

– Eagle County Republicans

– 6 p.m., Saturday

– Vail Marriott

– The cocktail reception is a special fund-raiser for Heather Lemon, candidate for the Colorado House District 56.

– Dinner is $50. RSVP by April 15. Call 949-5054

Bob Schaffer, senate candidate

– Age: 41

– Occupation: president, Colorado Alliance for Reform in Education (CARE), host of KFKA talk radio show “Colorado Live,” and former U.S. House Representative of the 4th District

– Family: Wife, Maureen; five children

– Education: B.A. from the University of Dayton in 1984

– Political experience: U.S. representative in Colorado’s 4th District, 1996-2002; Colorado Senate, 1986-96; press secretary of the Colorado Senate 1985-1987; legislative researcher, Ohio Senate, 1984-85

– Community service: Member, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Fort Collins; active in dozens of civic, religious and charitable organizations

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