Hickenlooper talks about water needs for all state areas

John HickenlooperDemocratic candidate for governor


“I’m going to finish the speech I started” — Ken Buck, whose microphone was cut off in midsentence as a result of the party enforcing a 12-minute rule, after his vote tally was announced.

“Fair elections are our birthright” — Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State against incumbent Democrat Bernie Buescher.

“I think (Colorado Attorney General) John Suthers is dead right on both counts” to slow the growth of the medical-marijuana industry and oppose federal health care legislation on constitutional grounds — Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger, nominating Suthers for a second term.

“I like the fact we’re called the party of no.” —  U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., on the issues of health care and taxes.

BROOMFIELD — It was easy for John Hickenlooper to call for unity at Saturday’s Colorado Democratic Party Assembly.

Unlike other Democrats vying for political office, the Denver mayor running for Colorado governor doesn’t have a primary challenger.

But Hickenlooper wasn’t just calling on Democrats to unify behind a specific candidate. He wants the entire state to come together for its own benefit.

If not, Colorado never will be able to address issues facing it on everything from the economy to water, he said.

“When I came into office as mayor, there was a we-versus-them mentality where towns and municipalities competed against each other for water,” the mayor said.

“It was a clear case of fundamental nonsense of government. If Aurora or Douglas County ran out of water, it would be national news.”

Colorado residents should realize that different parts of the state rely on other parts, and one area depriving another of something isn’t in the best interest of either, he said.

“It is in the interest of the Front Range to make sure water is plentiful in the Grand Valley and the Arkansas Valley,” he said. “What is Colorado without Palisade peaches, powerful rivers or a ranching heritage?”

Hickenlooper wasn’t the only uncontested candidate who won the party’s nomination for statewide office by acclamation.

Others included State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, who is running for re-election; Secretary of State Bernie Buescher, the former Grand Junction legislator who was appointed to that seat in 2009; and Boulder District Attorney Stanley Garnett, who’s hoping to replace Republican John Suthers as attorney general.


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