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Brophy campaigns in SLV

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2013

Greg Brophy

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — Republican candidate for governor Greg Brophy’s campaign hit the San Luis Valley this week when he visited with residents from Saguache to La Jara and Del Norte to Fort Garland.

The state senator from Wray said with his background in farming and living in rural Colorado, he understands many of the issues San Luis Valley residents face.

“I am not your typical Republican. I am your typical Coloradoan,” he said.

“I am the only person running for governor who actually is a water user in agriculture,” he said.

He added the San Luis Valley has huge water challenges, just as the farmers face on the Republican River in his part of the state, and in both instances he believes the local residents should drive the solution, not the state.

“If you allow the state engineer to craft a solution to a local water problem, it won’t be favorable to the region,” he said. “I have seen it.”

He said on the Republican River, water users started charging themselves a water tax, similar to the sub-district concept being implemented in the San Luis Valley.

“I know how uncomfortable it is. A lot of people are upset with the solution,” he said.

“Clearly the best solution for the Valley’s water problem is three to four years excessive snowpack,” he added.

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