BRAUCHLER WINS STRAW POLL FOR COLO. GOVERNOR
George Brauchler, 18th Judicial District attorney, won the Western Conservative Summit’s gubernatorial straw poll, leading a roll of 26 candidates with 38 percent of the vote, organizers said Sunday.
Former Republican state representative Victor Mitchell finished second with 20 percent, and Steve Barlock, who served as Denver co-chairman for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, came in third, with 7 percent.
State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who has not yet announced his candidacy, followed with 6 percent, and Doug Robinson, a former investment banker, tailed 5 percent, organizers said.
More than 3,500 participants from 40 states attended the three-day conference at the Colorado Convention Center. Attendees included conservatives, Republican volunteers, Tea Party activists, students and community, religious and business leaders.
Front-runners were all Republicans.
The ballot offered 26 choices, including 18 Republicans, 7 Democrats and one independent.
Man dies while tubing in South Platte.
Colorado authorities say a person has died while inner-tubing in the South Platte River — the state’s third fatal tubing accident in a week.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that a 43-year-old Castle Rock resident drowned near the Platte River Campground.
Authorities say the man had been tubing Saturday afternoon with his fiance and friends when he apparently lost his tube and went into an area near the bank with bushes and tall grass.
A camper saw the man emerge face down. Several people pulled him from the water, but attempts to revive him failed.
Colorado company will help disaster victims.
An Ohio brewery will skip the hops and barley to produce 2 million cans of water for disaster victims.
The water will be canned at the MillerCoors brewery in Trenton over the next three years in a partnership with the American Red Cross.
Red Cross officials say clean drinking water is one of the most urgent needs after a disaster because normal supplies are often contaminated or inaccessible. Colorado-based Ball Corporation is supplying cans, and Atlanta-based Graphic Packaging International will provide the packaging in what has become a national collaborative effort.