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Colorado commissioner who sought GOP gubernatorial nod dies

September 20, 2018

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A northern Colorado county commissioner who sought the Republican nomination for governor this year has died.

Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter’s family said he died at home late Tuesday at the age of 58. Gaiter was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, almost a decade ago.

Gaiter in August said he had decided to stop chemotherapy treatments after doctors found that the cancer was accelerating.

Gaiter was appointed to the county commission in 2010. Voters also gave him two full terms in the seat. This year, he sought the Republican nomination for governor but lost at the GOP assembly.

Gaiter’s wife and nine children are planning a memorial.

County officials credited Gaiter for helping develop a five-year strategic plan, promoting rural broadband access and supporting economic development work.

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