The state’s largest organization for farmers and ranchers threw its support behind Republican Walker Stapleton for governor Wednesday. The 24,000-member Colorado Farm Bureau said Stapleton gets agriculture more than his opponent, Democrat Jared Polis.
“Walker Stapleton is the leader Colorado needs,” Colorado Farm Bureau president Don Shawcroft, a San Luis Valley rancher, said in a statement. “Walker understands the policies important to the agriculture community and will be a great partner in the Governor’s Office. His unwavering support for our farmers and ranchers makes him the clear choice in this governor’s race.”
Stapleton said he was honored to get the nod.
“I will promote policies that benefit our agriculture community and be a voice for rural Colorado,” he said, repeating a pledge he’s made throughout his gubernatorial campaign. “Colorado agriculture is a major economic driver in this state and I will be a governor who recognizes the importance of this industry and fights for our farmers and ranchers every day.”
Stapleton unveiled his formal plan to help rural Colorado last month.
His economic plan includes expanding opportunities for high-speed internet in rural Colorado, promoting global markets for Colorado ag products and opening rural offices to better connect those areas to state and federal governments.