Legislative candidates pitch qualifications and positions

Six candidates running for seats in the Colorado Legislature pitched their qualifications along with their positions on a range of issues during a forum hosted by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

The forum featured candidates in three races that will be decided in the November election — house districts 54 and 55 and Senate District 7.

Thea Chase, an independent from Palisade running for election in House District 54, faces Matt Soper, a Republican from Delta. In House District 55, Republican Janice Rich faces Democrat Tanya Travis. The Senate District 7 race pits Democrat Chris Kennedy against Ray Scott, the Republican incumbent.

The candidates cited their qualifications in opening statements.

Chase said her experience as executive director of the Business Incubator Center and Palisade town trustee gives her a familiarity with working with businesses and business organizations as well as a proactive perspective. “My approach is to get things done.”

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