Colorado U.S. Senate primary: Keyser holds fast amid controversies


Colorado U.S. Senate primary: Keyser holds fast amid controversies

Candidate says ‘I’m the one’ to beat Bennet

Colorado U.S. Senate primary: Keyser holds fast amid controversies

Jon Keyser

AGE: 34.
RESIDENCE: Morrison.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in political science from the Air Force Academy; law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
POLITICAL BACKGROUND: Former state representative, House District 25.
OCCUPATION: Major in the Air Force Reserve; former business attorney.
FAMILY: Wife, Emma; two children.
TOP ENDORSEMENTS: Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, former Gov. Bill Owens, former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown.
FUNDING: At least $290,146 in contributions.
PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE: “Whoever is going to keep our country safe and secure,” including Donald Trump.
ON SUPREME COURT NOMINEE MERRICK GARLAND: “I want a Supreme Court that calls balls and strikes, I don’t want a Supreme Court that’s politicized.”
ON DEMOCRATIC U.S. SEN. MICHAEL BENNET: “When I think about our fight against ISIS, and I think about our fight against Iran, who is evil, and the fact that Michael Bennet made a deal with them, it’s personal.”
ON PRIMARY OPPONENTS: “Elections are about contrasts, and when Colorado voters in November are trying to decide who they want to represent them in Washington, D.C., I think that I am the most stark contrast to Michael Bennet.”
BIGGEST ISSUE: National security and military.
ON RURAL COLORADO: “It would be nice to have a U.S. senator from the Western Slope that understands what it’s like to live on the Western Slope. I know this state is a lot bigger than just the stretch of highway that goes between DIA and downtown Denver.”
ON MARIJUANA: “The one thing that I would be focused on is making sure that we get rid of this hypocrisy right now with regard to the banking.”
ON GUN CONTROL: “That is not what we should be talking about right now. ... Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens makes this country safer.”
ON ABORTION: Opposes abortion, except for cases of rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother.
IMMIGRATION: “If we can’t determine exactly who somebody is, or whether they present a threat to our country, then they shouldn’t be allowed in.”
ON HEALTH CARE REFORM: “We need things like being able to have portability ... and having the federal government out of the way when it comes to having the free market change the way we deliver health care.”
ON RAISING THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE: “We need to do more at the state level, and less at the federal level.”

How to vote

Ballots were mailed last week to those affiliated with a party. Unaffiliated voters can affiliate with a party anytime through primary election day on June 28. However, if they wish to receive a mailed ballot, they must affiliate by Monday.
Completed ballots must be received by 7 p.m. June 28, and they can be returned by mail or dropped off at 24-hour drop boxes at:
La Plata County Clerk & Recorder, 98 Everett St., Suite C, Durango.Bayfield Town Hall, 1199 Bayfield Parkway, Bayfield.La Plata County Administration Building, 1101 East Second Ave., Durango.For additional information about the ballot, places to vote in person or drop off ballots during limited hours, visit
The Herald’s election coverage continues with the last of five stories on GOP U.S. Senate candidates, and the Republican races in the 3rd Congressional District and State Board of Education. Coverage of last week’s debate between the Democratic candidates in the district attorney contest and other Senate candidate stories can be found at

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