Another Republican planning to run for House District 55 seat

Grand Junction Republicans could get another option as their state representative for House District 55.

That’s the seat being vacated by Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, because he’s running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, who’s running for Mesa County sheriff.

Currently, Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca already has announced plans to seek the House seat, which includes the city of Grand Junction.

But next Friday, longtime Grand Junction resident and businessman Dan Thurlow said he plans to announce formally his intention to enter the race for the GOP nomination for the seat.

Thurlow was involved in politics years ago, acting as the county’s party chair in the 1980s and working on the campaign to elect President Ronald Reagan at the same time, but this will be his first direct foray into politics.

Thurlow describes himself as a businessman and a job creator. He’s president of CPC Solutions, 2800 Printers Way, a company that began in 1947 as Colorado Printing Company in Grand Junction.

A third Republican. John Taggart, also has created a campaign account with the Secretary of State’s Office indicating his intention to seek the seek, but has not formally announced his campaign.

Meanwhile, Democrat Christopher Kennedy, who runs his own technology firm in town, has formally announced plans to seek the seat, but he also may face a primary.

Grand Junction Democrat Mark Williams also has created a campaign account with the state, but he, too, hasn’t formally announced.


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