Westside politickin': Cookies, BBQ offered by Lambert, Merrifield

       As the District 18 state representative contest approached the final days, Democrat incumbent Michael Merrifield and Republican challenger Kent Lambert were campaigning steadily.
      
       Despite Republican complaints in late September that Merrifield had failed to report honoraria (denoting his free rent for occasional political activities at a West Colorado Avenue house), District Attorney Jeanne Smith declined to pursue the case. Merrifield had pointed out the failure himself, saying it was an oversight.
      
       Merrifield will host the last in a series of neighborhood walks Saturday, October 16, to which volunteers are invited.
       Walkers will gather at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs at 2 p.m., and a barbecue will follow the walk at 5 p.m.
       Lambert met with families at the Hillside Community Center Sunday, Oct. 10 for cookies and punch. He will be having a similar function at the Otis Park Community Center east of the downtown Sunday, October 17 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
      
       Merrifield has announced endorsements from the following: Colorado Education Association (CEA), the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action, Colorado Conservation Voters (CCV), the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, NARAL, Equal Rights Colorado, the Colorado AFL-CIO, and the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Association, Colorado Council of Teamsters, Colorado State Pipe Trade Association, Communication Workers of America Local 7777, United Food and Commercial Workers International and the United Transportation Union. Also election are several medical groups: Colorado Dentistry PAC, Colorado Mental Health Physicians, and the Colorado Medical Association. In addition, the Colorado Association of Public Employees, Colorado Association of Social Workers, and Colorado Ski Country USA have endorsed Merrifield.
      
       Lambert announced an endorsement from retiring U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse-Campbell. I am pleased to endorse a fellow Air Force veteran, Kent Lambert, for Colorado House District 18, Senator Campbell said in a prepared statement. Lambert has also announced endorsements from the following: the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Construction Cooperative Council, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, the Independent Electrical Contractors, the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Colorado Ambulatory Surgical Center Association.
      
       Area Congressman Joel Hefley recently received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the 60 Plus Association for his efforts to abolish the death tax.

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