Libertarian joins race for District 54, says he’s an ‘unlikely candidate’

Samuel Kyle Davs

A fourth candidate has jumped into the race to replace Rep. Jared Wright in House District 54.

Samuel Kyle Davis, a production assistant at KREX-TV Channel 5, announced his candidacy late Sunday as the Libertarian Party candidate for the district that encompasses Mesa County outside of Grand Junction and the eastern half of Delta County.

The 28-year-old described himself as a father, Iraq War veteran, a liberty activist, heavy metal music fan and recent graduate of Colorado Mesa University.

“I am an extremely unlikely candidate, as I have no family history of political involvement, no ambition to seek higher office, nor long history at the top of the private sector,” Davis said on his Facebook page. “Instead, I am just a normal, everyday, hardworking Gen-Y’er. I have a reputation of being an outspoken and oftentimes blunt kind of guy, but never with the intention to demean or cause harm.”

Though he served two years in the U.S. Army in 2004-07, Davis said he is an adherent to the “non-aggression principle,” believing in the power of peace and free trade through free-market economics.

He faces Republican Yeulin Willett, Democrat Brad Webb and independent candidate James “J.J.” Fletcher.

One of them will replace Wright, a Fruita Republican, who decided not to seek a second term.


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