July 9, 2018
Thea Chase delivered more than 900 petition signatures to the State of Colorado Capitol, landing her on the November ballot. She is running as an unaffiliated candidate for the House District 54 serving the community of western Colorado. She has the backing of Unite Colorado, an organization that’s working to elect independent lawmakers.
Chase, the director of the Southwest Innovation Corridor and a former longtime executive director of Grand Junction’s Business Incubator Center, said her pragmatic approach and business sense will help represent the district’s interests at the Capitol.
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“Like so many people in our community, I believe Denver does not have an appreciation for the issues on the West Slope,” she said in a statement. “Our positions and priorities need to be heard, embraced and acted on. As someone who has helped countless people start and grow small businesses, I know the importance of long-term thinking and pragmatic approaches. I am action orientated, experienced, and I know how to get things done. Being a West Slope independent, I am the only candidate in this race who can successfully see this through.”
Chase, a former assistant professor at Colorado Mesa University, said she’ll focus on small business development and rebuilding infrastructure, including rural broadband and transportation. She also wants to strengthen public education, make business regulations more user-friendly and promote the Grand Valley as what she terms “the outdoor capital of Colorado.”
"This is an exciting and challenging time in Colorado and we need experienced leadership that understands and can advocate for the interests of Western Colorado. I have built my career through innovative approaches and challenging assumptions and will bring that philosophy to government. This is the time and this is the opportunity for the people of the west slope of Colorado to not only survive but to thrive and to excel."