Trump’s Campaign Grows

Donald Trump’s Colorado ground game picked up key players — some well-known in Republican circles — to oversee respective issue and advocacy groups this week.

While the list does not include former governors or current office-holders, whom presidential campaigns often turn to, they do include such Colorado leaders as former state Senate President John Andrews and former Sen. Greg Brophy, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate who previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Ken Buck.

Brophy, a fourth-generation Eastern Plains farmer, will lead Trump’s Agricultural Coalition. Andrews, who recently retired as director the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, will lead the campaign’s Colorado Faith Coalition.

“These leaders are contributing valuable time and energy in order to advance Mr. Trump’s conservative message to a range of important groups and organizations throughout the state,” Patrick Davis, Trump’s Colorado director, said in a statement. “With their help, Coloradans will reject the third Obama term that Hillary Clinton represents and will vote for change in November.”

The rest of the new Trump team members are:

  • Hispanics for Trump: Former U.S,. Senate candidates Jerry Natividad and Floyd Trujillo.
  • African-Americans for Trump: Derrick Wilburn, Colorado GOP vice chairman and founder and chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives and American Conservatives of Color.
  • Women for Trump: Former state Rep. B.J. Nikkel and Lilly Nunez, a former Colorado committeewoman to the Republican National Convention.
  • Millennials for Trump: Political blogger Rachel Blaha Keane and Colorado State University Student student Joel Crank.
  • Economic Coalition: Paul Prentice, an economics and business professor at Colorado Technical University; author George Mentz and Tim Wigley, president of the Western Energy Alliance.
  • Energy Coalition: Prentice and James J. Volker, chairman CEO of Whiting Petroleum Corp. 
  • Military Coalition: Retired Air Force Gen. Bentley Rayburn.
  • Education/School Choice Coalition: Former University of Colorado Regent Jim Geddesand former Jefferson County school board member Ken Witt.
  • Sportsmen Coalition: Denny Behrens, regional director of BigGame Forever,
  • Recruiters for Trump’s coalitions will be political analyst and former El Paso County treasurer Bob Balink and former state Senate candidate Barb Neville, wife of Sen. Tim Neville and mother of state Rep. Patrick Neville.

“Neville, who has assisted in multiple political races, will also oversee the Trump ground-troop movement throughout Colorado,” the Trump campaign said in a news release.

Read the original article on the Denver Post’s website here.

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