Palisade town trustee qualifies as candidate for the Statehouse

Thea Chase, the unaffiliated candidate for House District 54, has officially made the ballot.

Chase, a Palisade town trustee, turned in more than 800 signatures of registered voters, more than twice as many needed, to qualify for the fall ballot.

She will run against Republican Matt Soper of Delta and Democrat Erin Shipp of Clifton. The three are vying to replace Rep. Yeulin Willett, R-Grand Junction, who opted not to run for a third term in the Colorado House.

Chase, who has served on the Palisade board since 2016, is a former head of the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center, 2591 Legacy Way.

She now is director of the Southwest Innovation Corridor, a business incubator that operates out of Telluride.

She hopes to use her business experience to create a statewide climate aimed at helping others in rural parts of Colorado to create their own businesses.

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  • Charles Ashby