Doug Robinson, one of the many candidates in the crowded race to replace outgoing Gov. John Hickenlooper in next November’s election, was in Glenwood Springs Thursday.

He’s not the first, and he probably won’t be the last of the candidates for the state’s top executive office to make their way to Garfield County.

In the kind of small, intimate gathering typical of the early election season, before party caucuses and assemblies thin the field this spring, Robinson met with a handful of prospective supporters at the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub.

Robinson has never held public office, but he does have some name recognition as a nephew of 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

He was among the first to enter what’s now a large field of 11 current GOP candidates who are vying for the party’s nomination to run for governor. Robinson sees himself among, realistically, about a half dozen candidates who have a legitimate shot, he said.

Among them are former congressman and often polarizing past gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, and Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter.

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“I feel like Colorado is drifting, and we lack the leadership we need,” Robinson said, taking Gov. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, to task for increasing the state’s budget by half during his eight years in office, but reducing funding for highways and other infrastructure.

“We have not had enough investment in infrastructure in Colorado, and I see that wherever I go,” he said. “It’s roads, it’s water, and it’s broadband.”

Robinson did praise a major project that was built under Hickenlooper’s watch, Glenwood’s very own $126.5 million Grand Avenue Bridge.

“What a difference that made … to have that investment,” he said, noting that his

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