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Udall staffer Gibbs eyes Lindstrom’s seat

Duffy Hayes
Special to the DailyDan Gibbs
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SUMMIT COUNTY ” The race for Gary Lindstrom’s House seat may be shaping up as a contest between a veteran legislator and a relative newcomer to the political scene.

Thirty-year-old Dan Gibbs, a field representative for Congressman Mark Udall, D-Boulder, said Wednesday that he’s “taking a very serious look at running for House District 56.”

The veteran is Leadville Republican Ken Chlouber, who was term-limited from the state Senate in 2004, and previously served 10 years in the House. He recently announced his intention to run for the District 56 seat, which includes Summit, Lake, and Eagle counties.

In announcing that he wouldn’t seek reelection to his current House seat, State Rep. Gary Lindstrom (D-Breckenridge) said, “I have been in discussions with a young man who is interested in running for my seat. He should be announcing in the next few days.”

Lindstrom confirmed that Gibbs was the “young man” he referenced in his farewell announcement, and gave his blessing for Gibbs to be his preferred successor in the House.

“He’s a good man,” Lindstrom said. “If you have a question regarding federal issues, you can call him and he will track down people to get questions answered.”

“He’s just a great resource. He knows a lot of people, and he gets around a lot.”

Sandy Briggs, chairman of the Summit County Democrats, said Wednesday, “We’ve been tossing names around, and Dan Gibbs’ name came up, and he was interested in running.”

“I don’t know when he’s going to be ready to announce formally that he’s doing this, but we couldn’t be happier if he is going to run,” Briggs said.

A fresh face would be a good thing, Briggs said.

“It’s what we want to see, both in our party here in Summit County and in the state Legislature ” let’s get some new blood in there. Let’s get some young people in there that can craft the future that they’re about to inherit.”

Gibbs, isn’t officially in the race, but is expected to announce his candidacy next week.

“I want to be clear ” I’ve not formally announced, but I am taking a serious look. I’ve been making calls and talking with my family. I think I’d make a very strong candidate,” he said.

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