Candidate promotes agriculture
Palisade winemaker Brad Webb kicked off his campaign for the Colorado House District 54 seat with a pledge to use experience and common sense as a legislator.
At a Saturday evening campaign and fundraising event at Mesa Park Vineyards, Webb, a Democrat, emphasized his commitment to the agricultural development and economic stability of this area.
“We’ve chosen to make our livelihood from these soils,” he said. “We haven’t been here for generations and generations, but we chose to live here.”
Webb is running for the seat occupied by first-term legislator Jared Wright.
Wright will face James Fletcher of Palisade in the Republican primary, and Webb will go up against the winner of that race.
Saturday, Webb emphasized his 10 years of experience in banking, especially highlighting his work at turning struggling bank branches around.
“I know how to accomplish the task, how to meet and exceed goals,” he said, adding that he’s adept at working with extremely lean budgets.
A pillar of Webb’s platform focuses on agriculture, “the most stable revenue stream we have,” he said.
The state Legislature’s duty is to protect and maintain agriculture, he said, which may include encouraging and giving farmers incentives to plant more acreage of key crops where it makes sense and supporting those who produce commodity crops and livestock.
“I couldn’t think of a more rewarding job than being a farmer or agricultural producer in District 54,” he said.
Webb also pledged to fight against “the Front Range assault on our water” and to support responsible natural gas exploration and development in this area.
He also indicated support for making Colorado National Monument a national park, saying that tourism is a major economic driver for this area and needs to be cultivated.