by Norman L. Kincaide, Ph.D.
TRINIDAD — Two candidates for office in the upcoming election attended a meeting of Colorado Federation of Republican Women, District IV South, May 7, 2016, at the Holiday Inn in Trinidad, CO. The ladies were decked out in their best Derby Day hats for the gathering. Shelly King, President of the Las Animas Republican Women, opened the meeting. Judy Rydberg-Reyher, District IV Chair, introduced Mayor Phil Rico, Trinidad. Mayor Rico gave brief remarks about the exciting things that are happening in Trinidad, including the opening of a new art gallery.
Kimmi Lewis, Candidate for Colorado House District 64, gave remarks regarding the progress of her campaign. Lewis recounted her journey of working with people from southeastern Colorado to halt the expansion of Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site and prevent the imposition of the Canyons and Plains National Heritage Area. Her decision to run for office was based upon the belief that the citizens of the nine-county 64th District could be better represented, especially as far as private property and water rights are concerned. Furthermore, rural issues such as the availability of broadband internet service and maintaining access to affordable, quality health care and hospice care should not be ignored simply because they happen to be in a sparsely populated region of Colorado.
Devin Camacho of Swink, CO, and intern with the Colorado Republican Party, gave a short presentation about the voter registration project of the Colorado GOP and RNC. Yvonne Bilderback, candidate for Las Animas County Commissioner District 1, gave an overview of her campaign.
Cindy Williams of Pueblo West explained in her presentation how public relations has changed in the digital age with an overview of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.
Korry Lewis, Esq, of Hageman Law in Cheyenne, WY, presented an overview of private property issues in southeast Colorado, posing the question: “What is the Preservationist Plan for Southeast Colorado?” She provided a summation of the failed Canyons and Plains National Heritage Area initiative of 2014 and private property issues concerning National Register of Historic Places nominations in Las Animas County, which arose in 2015 with the nomination of the Hils, Frank and Doll, Christina, and the Charles E. Coy homesteads and the submission of Multi Property Documentation Form, called: Homesteading and Ranching Resources of the Purgatoire River Region, Colorado to the National Register of Historic Places.