District 3 Resource Hub Holding D3 Summit in July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        

District 3 Indivisible Colorado, 2017 Summit - Ridgway, CO

As a resource hub and action platform for Colorado’s third congressional district, D3 Indivisible Colorado is thrilled to announce the first ever D3 Summit, taking place this summer in beautiful Ridgway, CO. The Summit will offer instructive workshops and guest speakers, and will host a special panel that includes at least three current and potential candidates for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat in the 2018 elections.

Leaders from Indivisible, progressive, environmental, social welfare, education, political and other diverse advocacy groups throughout the region are invited to attend this first-of-its-kind forum to engage in live dialog and to collaborate on causes relevant throughout District 3. 

The 2018 elections are right around the corner and D3 Indivisible Colorado is working hard to find and vet candidates for a seat in the US House of Representatives. A full panel of contenders for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District race will be in attendance on July 21st, including Ophir resident, Bob Baer, Chris Kennedy from Grand Junction and Diane Mitsch Bush out of Steamboat Springs.  

Bob Baer is an American author and former CIA case officer who was based primarily in the Middle East throughout his long career.  As well as being Time’s intelligence columnist, Mr. Baer is a frequent commentator and author on issues pertaining to international relations, U.S. foreign policy and espionage.  He has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the History Channel and CNN.  Baer has also written several books including “See No Evil” and “Sleeping with the Devil,” which were the basis for the Academy Award-winning film, Syriana.

Candidate Chris Kennedy was elected to Grand Junction City Council in 2015. He owns Kennedy Telecommunications Services, LLC, and hopes to help the region become “technologically innovative, economically diverse and a must-see destination.”  Following a career in the military, Chris began his path in technology.  His priorities include infrastructure, fairness to all businesses, support for the arts and support for improving education, among others.  Mr. Kennedy is also an accomplished tenor sax player, graduating from Berklee College of music in Boston, MA.

Diane Mitsch Bush is currently a State Representative for Eagle and Routt Counties and has held this post since 2013.  She has focused on: the expansion of economic and educational opportunities for District 26, increasing funding for schools, helping small businesses grow and creating jobs, renewable energy and protecting the environment via air and water quality, wildlife habitat and public lands.  Additionally, she has worked to improve infrastructure by creating state tax incentives for affordable housing, increase funding for highways, and bring high speed broadband to rural areas.

The D3 Summit is slated to be the first public meeting to bring these potential candidates together. Congressman Scott Tipton, who currently holds the CD3 seat, has also been invited.  In addition to the panel, there will be at least one, and hopefully several, Colorado gubernatorial candidates in attendance, as well as current and former elected officials, Latino, environmental, and LGBT community organizers, journalists, and other guest speakers.

Summit participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a suite of trainings led by accomplished organizers on topics such as:  how to reach and engage voters; effective communication techniques for bridging the political divide; how to use available digital tools to maximize the efficacy of social media for your organization; how to engage Millennials; how to inspire and retain volunteers; keys to effective organizing and activism; and more.

The Summit begins at a “Meet + Greet” on Thursday night.  Immediately following, participants are encouraged to head to Hartwell Park for Ridgway’s free Concert Series featuring the musical talents of Eilen Jewell and Carrie Rodriguez, and presented by the Town of Ridgway and Pickin’ Productions.  On Saturday, local D3 members will take out-of-town guests hiking and biking, to share the treasures of the San Juans and to create further opportunity for discourse.

Advance registration for the D3 Summit is required. The last day to register is July 16, 2017. Lodging assistance will be provided on an as-needed basis.

D3 is committed to serving as an umbrella for regional entities to gather and disseminate factual information, raise public awareness, organize coordinated political actions that further responsible and intelligent public policy, and to function as a public, inclusive platform to unite our diverse communities.


District 3 Indivisible Colorado Summit 2017

Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22, 2017
Ridgway, CO USA

Summit Registration $25, Friday Lunch $15

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