GJ businessman declares House bid
Dan Thurlow, who has run campaigns for other Republicans, as well as the Mesa County GOP, said he would bring a business perspective to the Colorado House.
Thurlow, chairman of Colorado Printing Co., is challenging Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca in the race for Colorado House District 55.
State Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, is giving up the District 55 seat to run for the state Senate.
Thurlow’s political career includes managing campaigns for local Republicans and he headed President Reagan’s local election efforts in 1980 and in 1984.
He also headed the county party, but his experience includes resigning during the middle of one county convention “over some issue too silly to even remember now,” Thurlow said.
As it turned out, he said, “They didn’t let me resign, politics is weird like this, and they didn’t even fire me. I was chairman through 1985.”
At age 66, Thurlow said it was time to seek out elective office on his own, noting that his business is in good hands.
“The big issue is the economy and Grand Junction and Mesa County are clearly lagging behind in job growth and prosperity,” Thurlow said Thursday.
No small hindrance is a state regulatory process that costs businesses money and time unnecessarily, he said, citing the requirement that his business pay $150 a year to the Colorado Department of Agriculture to calibrate the scales that weigh products shipped out by truck. The department also has an inspector program, he said.
Why the Agriculture Department has to be involved isn’t clear, Thurlow said, adding that trucking companies have their own scales, providing a necessary check and rendering the government program unnecessary.
The program appears to be “something passed several years ago and I don’t think many in the Legislature even understand things like this,” Thurlow said. “I think I can fill that void.”
Acquafresca and Thurlow will face off in the Republicans’ Mesa County convention on Saturday at Central High School.
Rick Taggart, who had filed papers to seek the post, said Thursday he’s not running.