Cedaredge man to run for seat in state Senate

Wayne Wolf, the Republican who lost his bid for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat last year, is running for the state Senate in 2010.

Wolf, a Cedaredge rancher and former Delta County commissioner, will take on Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Snowmass Democrat seeking her second term in Senate District 5, which runs south from Pitkin and Delta counties on the north to the New Mexico border.

Wolf spoke with families and guardians of clients at the skilled-nursing unit at the Grand Junction Regional Center on Monday, but he said he wasn’t taking an immediate position on the fate of the unit, which Gov. Bil Ritter ordered closed as a cost-saving measure.

Wolf was the third Republican to be defeated by John Salazar, a Manassa Democrat, in the 3rd Congressional District, which includes most of the Western Slope.

If Wolf wins his state Senate bid, he’ll be the second Republican to lose to Salazar and go on to the state Legislature. Scott Tipton of Cortez, who lost to Salazar in 2006, now serves in the state House.


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