Senator makes pitstop in Eagle |

Senator makes pitstop in Eagle

Julie Imada-Howard

The stop at Eagle’s Salsa’s Restaurant was an opportunity for local residents to come out and talk with Allard about his campaign platform, as well as talk to several local fellow-Republican candidates, including those for the state House of Representatives, District 56, Heather Lemon, and County Clerk and Recorder candidate Teak Simonton.

Allard said he hopes his last-minute campaign stops across the Western Slope will help get out the rural vote. His pitch to area residents centered on the importance of preserving and protecting water rights and water laws on the Western Slope.

“I am opposed to federal reserve water rights,” said the seasoned lawmaker. Allard said he wants to protect Colorado water for farmers, ranchers and communities like Eagle and Vail.

Allard also said he would fight for, protect and preserve the Colorado River Compact Agreement, which limits the amount of water that can be consumed by surrounding states.

“Currently California is taking more than they are entitled to. They need to abide by the compact and leave Colorado water alone,” he said.

Allard cited his interest in and commitment to local open-space issues and the need to work more closely with the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the importance of getting new radar for the Eagle County Regional Airport.

Lemon, a fellow Republican, said Allard has the community’s best interests at heart.

“He is doing a great job. His agenda is Colorado,” said Lemon. “A lot of what he stands for is what local people also stand for.”

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