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Swonger announces candidacy in 59th district race

Patrick Swonger of Silverton, Colo., will hold press conferences on Tuesday in all six counties of the newly-formed 59th District to announce his Democratic candidacy for the Colorado House of Representatives.

An Air Force veteran, Swonger is a past commander of American Legion Post 14 in Silverton. He’s worked in a variety of Colorado’s key industries — tourism, hospitality, construction, and the mining industry. After completing college at the University of Florida on the G.I Bill, Swonger spent nine years as a successful division manager of a Fortune 500 company before starting a regional telecom and IT service business in Silverton in 1994. More recently, his company, Vidion acquired the Silverton cable television system. Swonger is married with three school-aged boys.

Swonger’s public service has embraced non-partisan work. In addition to six years as a trustee on the Silverton Town Board, he has worked extensively on the Western Slope to improve regional Internet and telecommunication services through a bi-partisan coalition known as Operation Linkup. He also serves as a representative on the Southwest Council of Governments.

Swonger is a past board member of the International Television Foundation, Mountain Studies Institute and the advisory boards of the University of Florida-College of Journalism and Communications and U.S. Distance Learning Association. He has served as a volunteer EMT, an officer in San Juan County Search and Rescue, Silverton Chamber of Commerce, San Juan Economic Development Association and other regional and community boards.

“The people of Colorado and this district are weathering tough economic times,” said Swonger. “I offer a clear choice in this election as a moderate who can make progress with reason in representing the people of the 59th district.”

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