City councilor considers congressional bid

Chris Kennedy

Grand Junction City Councilor Chris Kennedy is considering a bid for Congress.

While Federal Election Commission rules bar Kennedy from saying anything more specific, he has gone onto Facebook to gauge people’s thoughts about seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the race.

“By now many of you have heard that I am considering a potential run for the congressional seat currently held by (U.S. Rep.) Scott Tipton, Colorado 3rd CD,” Kennedy posted earlier this week. “While no final decision has been made, I am interested in your thoughts on the subject.”

“It’s the friend side, people saying, ‘I heard this, I heard that,’” Kennedy said. “Rather than answer 14,000 phone calls, I figured out a way to get the conversation in one place to make it easy to track.”

Kennedy said he’ll make a final decision by the end of the summer, but as to which way he’s leaning, he won’t say.

If he does decide to run, he will trigger a primary. To date, one Democrat already has entered the race, though more may follow.

That candidate is state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs.

Mitsch Bush officially entered the race earlier this month, formally creating a campaign finance account with the FEC, as is required by law before officially entering a race.

In addition to Kennedy, Ophir resident Bob Baer, a former CIA case officer and author, also is considering entering the fray.

Whoever wins the nomination for the Democratic Party will face Tipton, a Republican who’s held the seat since 2011.

Kennedy’s social media posting has generated a few responses, all encouraging him to run.

“I know you won’t forget to listen to the people,” Maria E. Cuthbert posted on his Facebook page.

“You are the strongest candidate I have ever met. You can defeat Tipton anytime. We need you there,” she posted.


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