Democratic House hopeful says he’s fiscal conservative

Christopher Kennedy

A Democrat has jumped into the race for House District 55.

That’s the seat held by Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction. Scott is leaving it to run for the Colorado Senate seat that Grand Junction Republican Steve King plans to vacate to vie for Mesa County sheriff.

Until now, only Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca, a Republican, had announced plans to replace Scott, but a newbie to politics, Grand Junction resident Christopher Kennedy, has created a campaign account with the Secretary of State’s Office.

The 55-year-old former Marine and computer systems expert expects to announce formally as early as this weekend.

“I’ve been involved on a lower key with the Mesa County Dems for a little bit,” said Kennedy, who operates a one-man information technology firm, Kennedy Telecom. “But when the Mesa County Dems sent a newsletter out that had Brad Webb’s picture and Claudette Konola’s picture, and a ‘your name here’ picture, and I just said, ‘I think this might be the right time and atmosphere to do what we can and try to make a difference.’ “

Webb is the Democratic candidate for House District 54 outside of the city, and Konola is running against Scott for the county Senate seat.

Kennedy said his political stance is very much like most Democrats when it comes to social issues, but is extremely conservative on fiscal matters.

Much of those opinions came from his eight years as a U.S. Marine working avionics, where he served in Korea and various bases in the nation, and later in the cable television industry, finally working at Bresnan Communications here in town.

He holds an undergraduate degree in jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a computer science degree from Mesa State College, now Colorado Mesa University.

In addition to helping small businesses set up computer networks, he also manages several workers nationwide handling IT needs for several oil and gas companies.

His major issues are to ensure that rural parts of the state get broadband connections, that teachers and schools get the support they need, and that the agriculture and tourism industries are protected and promoted.

“In short, we should be doing smart things with the money that we take in, and that we’re creating economic opportunities not just for individuals, not just in the types of jobs they can get, but in the types of businesses we try to attract to the Western Slope,” he said.


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