In June, Charlie Pink was requested by a fellow Grand Junction union member to think about a run because the Democratic candidate for Mesa County commissioner in District 2. When Pink discovered that Republican candidate Bobbie Daniel was working unopposed he heeded the decision.
The final Democrat to be elected Mesa County commissioner was Doralyn Genova, who served from the Nineteen Eighties till her retirement in 2005. Genova was additionally the primary feminine Democrat elected to the physique.
“I’m right here as a result of democracy just isn’t served when candidates run unopposed,” Pink, 47, stated, throughout a July 28 meet-and-greet at Edgewater Brewery in Grand Junction, an occasion organized by the vice chair of the Mesa County Democratic Celebration, Charley Allan.
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Roughly 60 folks attended the gathering, the place Damon Davis, a Democrat difficult Republican Rick Taggart for the Colorado Home District 55 seat, additionally spoke.
Charlie Pink, a Democratic candidate for Mesa County commissioner in District 2, speaks throughout a meet-and-greet July 28, 2022, at Edgewater Brewery in Grand Junction. (Sharon Sullivan for Colorado Newsline)Pink determined six weeks in the past to hunt the workplace at the moment held by Scott McInnis, whose time period expires January 2023 – which suggests Pink is behind in identify recognition and fundraising, however, with three months till the November election, he hopes to achieve traction on this predominantly Republican enclave.
His opponent, Daniel, introduced her candidacy greater than a 12 months in the past and has raised $24,000, up to now. She’s held greater than 50 occasions over the previous 12 months, she stated.
Born and raised in conservative Montrose by “staunch Republican dad and mom,” Pink registered as a Republican when he turned 18, earlier than ultimately discovering himself extra aligned with Democratic Celebration insurance policies, he stated. In 2008, he grew to become a state delegate for then-candidate Barack Obama.
His expertise with county authorities stems from working with Mesa County inspectors as an electrician and the information he says he gleaned rising up with a father who labored for Montrose County.
“The county fee is an enormous deal,” Pink stated. “I grew up with a dad who skilled a number of county commissions throughout his profession. He has seen the management they’ve.”
“My opponent was groomed by the Republican celebration. It could be good for the county to have somebody like me,” he stated.
Bobbie Daniel, middle, the Republican candidate for Mesa County commissioner in District 2, attends U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s main election night time watch celebration on June 28, 2022, at at Warehouse25sixty-five Kitchen + Bar in Grand Junction. (Sharon Sullivan for Colorado Newsline)Initially, Daniel, 42, was the only candidate, after beating Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee in the course of the Republican Mesa County meeting in Might. Brownlee failed to achieve the 30% threshold to be added to June’s Republican main poll.
Daniel grew up in Palisade after her household moved to the Grand Valley from the Meeker space. She typically touts her working-class background because the daughter of a coal miner and a hairdresser.
She stated varied folks through the years have steered she run for public workplace — particularly the county fee. Daniel is at the moment a stay-at-home mom of 4 kids. If elected commissioner, Daniel stated she would concentrate on holding the native financial system wholesome and vibrant by selling alternatives for companies and holding native taxes low.
Pink stated he would concentrate on land, water and different native points if elected. He’s journeyman electrician at High quality Electrical and Controls, and a North American Board Licensed Vitality Practitioners-certified photo voltaic installer.
When requested if he believed the 2020 presidential election was honest and correct, and if Joe Biden is the duly elected President, Pink responded, “After all, I do. And, I’ll be upset in the event that they take away my drop field,” he added half-jokingly.
When requested the identical query throughout a separate interview, Daniel paused, earlier than replying, “That’s such a troublesome one,” then added, “I do suppose it was honest and correct and Joe Biden is our President.”
Home District 55
Davis grew up in Palisade and practices regulation with the agency Killian, Davis, Richter, & Kraniak in Grand Junction. As an legal professional he has spent his profession representing the working folks of Mesa County, he stated.
“It’s the place my loyalties lie,” he stated. “My profession has been representing folks of Mesa County — I’ve been their advocate, and I need to proceed being their advocate” as a state consultant.
Damon Davis, a Democrat working for the Colorado Home District 55 seat, appeared for a meet-and-greet July 28, 2022, at Edgewater Brewery in Grand Junction. (Sharon Sullivan for Colorado Newsline)Davis, 45, stated certainly one of his priorities as a lawmaker can be growing inexpensive housing in Grand Junction, the place housing prices have skyrocketed. Lowering zoning roadblocks to excessive density housing can be one step towards reaching that purpose, he stated.
Taggart, Davis’ opponent, has served seven years on Grand Junction Metropolis Council, two as mayor. He stated the town set has apart federal stimulus cash and fashioned a committee to deal with the inexpensive housing concern.
Taggart stated he would additionally wish to see laws minimized to carry down the price of constructing properties. The town is at the moment contemplating waiving charges for the redevelopment of the vacant, former Metropolis Market retailer in downtown Grand Junction — although the proposed house complicated wouldn’t be deed-restricted inexpensive. Nonetheless, the mission is anticipated to profit downtown enterprise homeowners, whereas growing housing within the metropolis’s core, Taggart stated.
“The Metropolis Market mission is an financial growth mission — not inexpensive housing,” he stated. “We have to do each. A growth like Metropolis Market turns into an anchor (for downtown retailers). It’s not on the expense of inexpensive housing. We want each.”
As consultant, Taggart, 71, stated he would search to be a “voice of rational cause in the case of authorities overreach.”
Republican Grand Junction Metropolis Council member Rick Taggart is working for the Colorado Home District 55 seat within the November 2022 election. (Courtesy of Rick Taggart)“Firms are more practical when it comes to self-regulation versus authorities placing laws in place,” he stated.
Davis additionally cited felony justice reform as a precedence if he’s elected consultant. He talked about the potential of including in-house psychological well being professionals at detention facilities to deal with inmates with drug addictions or psychological well being issues — which he stated might assist reduce down on recidivism charges.
Davis additionally introduced up the prospect of constructing school extra inexpensive for Colorado residents. He talked about how New Mexico provides free school tuition for its residents. Colorado might do one thing comparable, he stated.
If elected, Taggart stated he would resign from Metropolis Council in late December, to start serving as a state lawmaker in January 2023.
Whereas typically described as a average Republican, Taggart emphasised he’s “very conservative” in the case of fiscal insurance policies. And, he stated he can work collaboratively with legislators from throughout the state.
“I’m a agency believer that good laws requires negotiation, dialogue, and should require compromise,” he stated. “I perceive that and respect that course of. There are lots of points the place we are able to discover widespread floor.”
Davis stated he’ll must win over independents, and maybe some average Republicans in a area that favors the GOP.
“I plan to enchantment to independents,” Davis stated. “Particularly those that work for a dwelling. I’ve a blue-collar message. I’ve bought a plan for inexpensive housing.”
Each candidates agreed unequivocally that the 2020 Presidential election was honest and correct and that Biden is the duly elected President.
The Home District 55 seat is at the moment occupied by Republican Janice Wealthy, who’s working for the Senate District 7 seat.