Democrat enters race for HD54

Palisade winemaker Brad Webb, a Democrat, has officially entered the race for House District 54.

That seat currently is held by Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita, who is facing a GOP primary challenger from another Palisade resident, J.J. Fletcher.

Webb, 37, describes himself as a conservative Democrat who doesn’t agree with some of the recent actions that his fellow party members did during this year’s session, including limiting gun magazines to 15 rounds and a measure to require rural electric associations to increase the amount of renewable energy they generate.

Webb said he wants to bring a farmer’s voice to the statehouse, something he said is lacking, particularly within his own party.

A former Denver banker, Webb came to the Grand Valley in 2009 when he and his wife, and her parents, purchased Mesa Park Vineyards on East Orchard Mesa.

For more details on the new contender, read tomorrow’s Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.


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