Small business group endorses gubernatorial challenger

A small business advocacy group has endorsed Bob Beauprez in his bid for election as governor of Colorado.

Beauprez offers the experience and record to help the small business owners who employ half of the private-sector workforce and create almost every new job in the state, said Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. Based in Washington, D.C., the NFIB represents more than 350,000 members nationwide and more than 7,000 in Colorado.

Beauprez, a Republican, faces Democrat incumbent John Hickenlooper in the general election in November.

The gubernatorial bid is the second for Beauprez, who lost to Bill Ritter in 2006.

“There was no gray area of doubt in our endorsement for governor,” Gagliardi said. “Bob Beauprez is a known — and most importantly, a dependable — friend of small business.

“He was a Guardian of Small Business winner while in Congress, a cattle and dairy operator and owner of community banks,” Gagliardi added.”That breadth of experience is precisely what is needed right now to calm the small business jitters about the energy, legal and regulatory direction our state is headed, a direction that is not helping with job-creation because of the national headlines we sometimes earn.”

After joining in his family’s dairy business near Boulder, Beauprez subsequently worked as a land developer and purchased a small bank. Beauprez was elected in 2002 and again in 2004 to represent the 7th Congressional District in Colorado.

Gagliardi said Beauprez’ call for instituting new policies that encourage energy development and keep 100,000 jobs in Colorado will be a big boost for the state’s economy.

The NFIB Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, made and announced the endorsement.

 The trust announced earlier this year it had endorsed U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in his bid for re-election in the 3rd Congressional District in Colorado.

Tipton, a Republican, faces Democratic Challenger Abel Tapia in the November election.