Thea Chase to Run as West Slope Independent and Vows to Ensure West Slope is Heard in Denver

Thea Chase, a Town Trustee in Palisade, community leader, mother, and small business champion has announced that she is running for the Colorado State House, District 54 to shakeup the broken system in the legislature.

West Slope, CO

Monday, March 5

Chase is running for the State House as a West Slope Independent and earned the support of Unite Colorado (formerly the Centrist Project). Unite Colorado is a statewide grassroots organization that is boosting support for Independent candidates committed to putting people over party.

Chase has two children, a son aged 29 and a daughter aged 26. As former Executive Director of the Business Incubator Center for 13 years, professor at CMU, Director of the Telluride Venture Accelerator and now Director of the Southwest Innovation Corridor, Chase has worked to help hundreds of small business owner’s startup, grow, and create jobs on the West Slope.

Chase led, “Like so many people in our community, I believe Denver does not have an appreciation for the issues on the West Slope. 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 has deep roots in the Grand Valley -- serving on numerous boards and committees - such as the Healthcare Development Council, Hilltop Community Resources, Mesa Land Trust, and the Kiwanis Club. In addition to small business growth, Chase said she’ll focus on rebuilding our infrastructure -- with an emphasis on rural broadband and transportation, work to strengthen public education, streamline regulation with user friendly approach and promote the Grand Valley as the outdoor capital of Colorado.

Greg Mikolai, Former Mesa County Valley District 51 School Board Member said, “Thea possesses the real-life experience and knowledge we need representing the great people of Western Colorado. She knows what it takes to balance budgets and solve the tough issues we all face. We can count on her to make a difference for Western Colorado in Denver.”

Chris Muhr, owner of All Metals Welding said “As a small business owner, it’s important we have someone leading us at the state capitol who will create jobs while protecting our way of life. Thea’s focus will be on the communities along the Western Slope, assuring we have a strong voice at the table.” Chase stated, “We need experienced representation for the people of the West Slope, beholden to the citizens not the parties. Send an Independent to the State Capitol and watch things change.”

Colorado State House District 54 is located in the Grand Valley and includes Mesa and Delta County. It encompasses the cities of Delta, Fruita, Grand Junction, Collbran, De Beque, Palisade, and unincorporated Clifton, Fruitvale, Loma, Orchard Mesa, and Redlands.


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