DENVER — Larry Crowder of Alamosa garnered unanimous support at the Republican State Assembly in Denver on Friday, April 13, as candidate for Senate District 35.
His previous challenger Alexander Mugatu dropped out of the race prior to the assembly.
The senate district includes the San Luis Valley’s six counties in addition to 10 other counties in southern Colorado (Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers and Pueblo.)
Larry Crowder was nominated by Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen as well as Ed Hunnicutt of Otero County and Rio Grande County GOP Chairman Patrick Crowder.
Before Larry Crowder accepted the nomination, he remarked that government is intruding into citizens’ lives and needs to be restrained. Crowder also commented that it is difficult for the economy of Southeastern Colorado to make future plans without having a permanent and favorable outcome for Pinon Canyon.
Crowder accepted the nomination and will face the winner of the Democratic Primary in the November General Election.
Crowder is a fifth generation Coloradoan who was born and raised in Otero County and graduated from Manzanola High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran. He currently serves as the Rio Grande County Veteran Service Officer and belongs to the American Legion-Alamosa and the Disabled American Veterans-La Jara.
Crowder is also a farmer and rancher who served in the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and was a member of the San Luis Canal board.
He has also served on the South Central Workforce Board, Alamosa County GOP, the 12th Judicial GOP and Trinity Lutheran Church board.
He has served as chairman of the Alamosa County Land Use Board since 2004 and sits on the Colorado Draft Board.
Republican incumbent U.S. Representative Scott Tipton of the 3rd Congressional District, which includes the San Luis Valley, also accepted a nomination Friday to be the sole Republican candidate in his district.
State Rep. Keith Swerdfeger, R-Pueblo West, nominated Tipton. In his acceptance speech, Tipton emphasized his perspective as a small business owner.
“Only 17 percent of Congress has worked in the private sector, actually got dirt under their fingernails,” he said. “Maybe that explains a lot of the reason why we are where we are at.”
The Republican Assembly, which concluded on Saturday, hosted 3,800 delegates at the University of Denver Magness Arena, where 33 delegates were chosen to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Party Chairman Ryan Call urged Republicans to be unified and reject division. Rick Santorum, who won Colorado’s nonbinding precinct caucuses in February, was expected to pick up at least 18 delegates from Colorado and Mitt Romney at least nine, but Santorum left the race last week a few days before the Colorado convention.
Although delegates to the state convention had divided loyalties to remaining presidential candidates Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, they were united in their goal to see Obama outvoted in the General Election this November.
“Colorado Republicans are grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm to Colorado and the party, and for their tireless efforts to make Barack Obama a one-term president,” Call said.
“Coloradoans along with the rest of the country understand the damage Barack Obama’s policies have caused the American people. With high unemployment, gas at $4 per gallon and record national debt, voters deserve better - they deserve real leadership in the White House. Barack Obama’s promise of ‘Hope’ has devolved into the cynical politics of hypocrisy and division and Coloradoans deserve better. Colorado will play a key role in November and with the help, dedication and passion of our state leaders and grassroots volunteers, we will turn the state Red.”