Senate Race in Colorado Will Focus on Environment

Date: September 19, 2002

Source: News Room

In Colorado, the environment is a major issue as Democratic challenger Tom Strickland and Republican Sen. Wayne Allard snipe at each other in a rematch of their 1996 contest that Allard won by 5 percentage points. Polls have indicated a close race this year, too, with Allard holding an edge so far. Strickland pushed for passage of the 1992 Great Outdoors Colorado initiative, which has distributed about $295 million in Colorado Lottery proceeds for open space projects. Allard notes his "clean 14" list of environmentally friendly actions he has supported or sponsored in Congress. They include work to clean up the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver and turn it into a wildlife refuge and clean up the Shattuck hazardous waste site near downtown Denver.

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