Walker Stapleton is the clear choice for the Republican nomination for governor.
Stapleton has won statewide elections before. Voters elected him as treasurer in 2010 and again in 2014. For Republicans who haven’t had a member of their party in the governor’s office in more than a decade, viability as a candidate matters.
For voters of all stripes, the clear insight Stapleton gained during his tenure as treasurer into the fiscal challenges facing the state should put him ahead of the field. Among the other candidates in the GOP contest, he offers the most direct, clear and pragmatic plans to fix those problems, such as transportation and challenges around affordable housing.
The other candidates in the GOP field are relative political neophytes. In fact, Doug Robinson has never run for elected office before. Generally, it wouldn’t concern us that they’re outsiders. In fact, that may be a plus in many voters minds. But their inexperience shows. During interviews with The Tribune Editorial Board they offered proposals that lacked details and a clear path to success.
Stapleton, on the other hand, comes to the governor’s race not only with valuable experience operating in the halls of power in Denver, but also with the mindset of a businessman, having served as the CEO of a real estate firm before seeking elected office in 2010.
“What I think Colorado desperately needs more than anything else is someone who has had demonstrated leadership in the private sector, can combine it with leadership on important public policy issues and is willing to pro-actively solve many of our challenges in this state.”
We agree. Stapleton’s approach, experience and pragmatism earn him our support for the Republican nomination.
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