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Republican Olen Lund to take on incumbent Kerry Donovan in Senate District 5

Author: Joey Bunch - April 16, 2018 - Updated: April 16, 2018

Olen Lund (Photo via Facebook)

Olen Lund of Paonia was nominated Friday as the Republican who will take on Democratic incumbent Kerry Donovan of Vail in the Western Slope’s Senate District 5 in November.

Lund served on the Delta County Commission from 2004 through 2012. He’s also been the chairman of the Painted Sky Resource Conservation and Development Council, a Colorado water commissioner “and has been an active member in his local church since he was a young man,” his campaign said in a press release.

He cited his work with environmental groups and outdoors interests, as well as farmers and ranchers, on an irrigation dam on the Gunnison River in 2012. That benefited boaters endangered fish species, Lund said.

“My life has been about service — service to my family, service to my church and service to my community,” Lund said in a statement. “I am humbled that the people of Senate District 5 have elected me to be the Republican nominee. I look forward to using my experience in local government to fight for our rural values at a state Capitol dominated by the Denver-Boulder crowd.”

He said money and influence from Denver interests would be a challenge for him, but he has a personal history of pushing back against the left.

Lund’s release said he was “born and raised in the North Fork Valley in the eastern end of Delta County.”

“Those of us born and raised in western Colorado know how to work together. We’ve done it all of our lives,” he stated. “The Capitol is broken, and we need to fix it. The challenges our state faces are large and getting worse. Roads, access to healthcare, creating and recruiting good jobs, these are all things we care about in west-central Colorado, and these are the issues where I’ll bring my record of working together to get good things done.”

The district is made up of seven counties: Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Lake and Pitkin.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.