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Matsunaka sets up shop

By Paula Aven Gladych
The Daily Times-Call

LONGMONT — Stan Matsunaka opened a campaign office in downtown Longmont on Friday night surrounded by supporters from both sides of the political fence.

Matsunaka, who is running as a Democrat for the 4th Congressional District seat, said Longmont is a “very important area in this campaign” because it is new to the 4th CD.

Running against Republican incumbent Marilyn Musgrave — who is in a primary with Bob Faust, Matsunaka told about 40 supporters that people are tired of the divisiveness in the country.

“They need a problem-solver who can unite the country, who can work both sides of the aisle,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ve demonstrated I can do that.”

In his speech, Matsunaka — who served in the state Senate for eight years — promised to fight for the issues that mean the most to Longmont and the surrounding areas: creating new jobs, education, affordable and accessible health care, and transportation.

His supporters had nothing but good things to say about him.

“He’s a leader and has good ideas,” said Brandon Shaffer, who is running for the District 17 state Senate seat. “He comes from a very reasonable perspective and has the best interests of Colorado and Congressional District 4 at heart.”

Beverly Springer, a retired professor who lives in Longmont, said Matsunaka “will really represent the interests of this area. He’s an experienced legislator, highly respected.”

She added that he “reaches out to a lot of different people” and she’s excited he chose to open the Longmont office at 439 Main St.

Matsunaka opened up four field offices this week. The other three are in Greeley, Loveland and Fort Collins.

Myriah Conroy, field director for the Longmont office, said the Matsunaka campaign hopes to make the site a community center where people can gather to talk about topics that concern them.

Paula Aven Gladych can be reached at 303-776-2244, Ext. 211, or by e-mail at