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Bob McConnell throws hat in 3rd District race

Retired Army Ranger colonel, environmentalist, lawyer, rancher, EMT, outdoor guide and author Bob McConnell has entered the race as a Republican against U.S. Rep. John Salazar, vying for Salazar’s 3rd District seat in the 2010 election.

McConnell, from Steamboat Springs, spent years as an avid environmentalist overseas and in the U.S., including founding the Everest Environment Project, a role he says helped him gain knowledge working with people and solving problems.

Over the last year, while listening to NPR during his morning yoga sessions, McConnell “became increasingly frustrated at what I saw as a loss of direction in the country and my frustration turned to anger,” he said.

He then heard U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann from Minnesota speak and was prompted to enter the Congressional race.

“When we hear people speak, we take away messages, and the message I took away was that my frustration and my anger could be much better directed towards making an impact on those things that I saw going wrong,” he said.

McConnell’s goal is to be a “citizen leader,” versus a “career politician,” and he has set a personal limit of serving three terms, if elected.