Grand Junction businessman mulls run in 3rd District

Among his first impressions of voters whom he may try to win over next year is that they feel disconnected from their government, said Ray Scott, a Grand Junction businessman who is considering a run for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

Scott, 51, said he will continue a tour of the district in September.  He began last week with a visit to Montrose-area Republicans.

If he chooses to run, he would have a Republican primary contest against Martin Beeson, district attorney for the 9th Judicial District. The Republican candidate will face John Salazar, the Democratic incumbent who is seeking his fourth term.

The sense of being disconnected from the government seems to be at the heart of the anger that has marked politics so far this year, Scott said.

He said he can sympathize with those voters because of an experience he had with Salazar’s Grand Junction office in April.

“I got the feeling there was not a lot of interest in helping the businesses in the valley,” Scott said.

Scott, a Rifle High School graduate, owns a warehouse, fireplace-sales company and home-construction company, all in Grand Junction.

He and his wife have two grown daughters.

Scott said he is financing his listening tour with his own money and some contributions.

He has yet to register with the Federal Elections Commission, he said, because he is not yet a candidate, and that it’s far from a given that he will be.

He hasn’t spoken with state party officials about his bid, but he has tried to contact other Western Slope candidates, Scott said.

The only one who has returned his calls, he said, is state Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, who is running his own gubernatorial campaign.

Scott said he’s perfectly happy not being associated with professional politicians, however.

“I don’t want to be another one of them,” he said.


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