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Michael Bennet ad features Hermosa Creek

Durango business owner Ed Zink praises senator

DENVER – New digital ads from

Durango business owner and Iron Horse Bicycle Classic co-founder Ed Zink, a Republican, is featured in one of the Democrat’s ads, which is titled, “Local Effort.”

Zink discusses Bennet’s Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, one of the few wilderness designations Congress passed recently.

“Sen. Bennet was very cooperative and helped a great deal with the local citizens to protect Hermosa,” Zink says in the nearly one-minute ad, which features shots of Hermosa Creek.

The ad is part of an ongoing series by the Bennet campaign, “Working for Colorado.”

Two other ads also were released Thursday, both of which highlight Bennet’s efforts to boost small business in rural Colorado and work with farmers and ranchers.

The “Chimney Rock” ad features Pagosa Springs brewer Julie Simmons and former mayor Ross Aragon, who discuss Bennet’s work to create the Chimney Rock National Monument.

“Having a national monument so close to our community does a lot of great marketing for us, just by being there,” Simmons, co-owner of Pagosa Brewing Co., says in the ad.

Five Republicans are vying to unseat Bennet this November. The race won’t be set until after the June 28 primary.

Bennet has an impressive war chest of at least $7.6 million in the bank.