Chamber of commerce hosts candidate forum

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum for some local races Monday.

It’s part of an effort, they say, to inform the public on issues important to local voters as it relates to business. We caught up with the candidates for both House District 55 and 54.

The candidates are all newcomers to the positions, with no incumbents running.

“My vision is to promote economic opportunities, always protect Western Slope water and preserve our energy development,” said Janice Rich (R), candidate for HD 55.

Something each candidate focused on was jobs, our local economy and water.

“Drought is going to change everything. I think that Colorado is going to find pretty quickly that is the driver of our economy. So we need to get in gear and fund the Colorado water plan,” said Tanya Travis (D), candidate for HD 55.

Candidates for House District 54 focused on jobs as well.

“I'm running for water, infrastructure, roads and broadband. And jobs and the economy,” said Matt Soper (R), candidate for HD 54.

“Jobs. I'm running as an independent and my focus is really on jobs and good quality jobs for the community,” said Thea Chase (Independent), candidate for HD 54.

Election season is heating up in Colorado with numerous issues and a governor's race, it's a packed ballot. November 6 is Election Day. Ballots will be mailed out in the middle of October with local vote centers opening on October 22.

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