Attorney to challenge Wright in House race
DENVER — Grand Junction attorney Yeulin Willett is challenging Rep. Jared Wright to be the Republican nominee for House District 54.
Willett, who has been practicing at the Grand Junction law firm of Younge & Hockensmith since 1987, created a campaign finance account with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday, effectively announcing his candidacy. Still, he plans to make a formal announcement in the next two weeks.
“My life and my career have come to a stage where I have the time and the capacity to give back and do some public service,” Willett said. “I’m very motivated and very much interested in doing a better job for the Western Slope and the district.”
Willett said he hasn’t yet decided if he will challenge Wright for the seat in next month’s caucuses or petition directly onto the ballot and force a June primary race.
The winner of that race would face Democrat Brad Webb, an Orchard Mesa vintner, and James Fletcher, a Palisade businessman who recently left the Republican Party to run as unaffiliated.
Willett earned his undergraduate degree in business and finance from the University of Colorado in 1980 and his law degree from the university’s law school four years later.
According to his firm’s website, he supports such things as the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and the Mesa County Pro Bono Project.
He also lectures to schools and other groups on legal issues and has served on such local panels as the Riverfront Commission’s Urban Trails Committee and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association.
Willett also has taught upper-level courses at then Mesa State College and Colorado Christian University.
His father practiced law on the Western Slope for 20 years and his mother was a municipal judge in Delta.
He and his wife, Rose, have four children.