Wright begins re-election bid; touts victories
Rep. Jared Wright kicked off his re-election bid to the Colorado House on Thursday.
With House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, at his side, the freshman legislator said his performance during his first year in the Colorado Legislature should be enough to prove his conservative credentials and warrant a second term.”
The Fruita Republican spoke to a gathering of supporters at Conchita’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant, 625 24 1/2 Road.
“I promised you when I announced for election at the beginning of my first campaign ... that I saw my duty as protecting the Constitution, our liberties and our freedoms that our founders so wisely put in the Constitution, I promised to protect those things,” Wright said. “I will continue to fight for those things day in and day out. I consider this my public service.”
Even though he is the incumbent for House District 54, Wright will face a challenger in a GOP primary race with Palisade resident James Fletcher. The winner of that challenge will go on to face Orchard Mesa wine maker Brad Webb, a Democrat.
Wright said he sees his primary job as doing whatever he can to block Democrats who control the Legislature from growing government and improperly spending taxpayers’ money.
In his re-election announcement, Wright touted measures he got through the Legislature to cut government waste, offer greater protections for victims of human trafficking and protecting the health of Colorado rivers and streams.
During this year’s session, Wright introduced five bills, two of which passed: HB1126 that prevents deadlines in case filings in appellate courts from falling on a weekend, and HB1195 to require the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to study the effectiveness of the state’s existing human trafficking laws.
Wright also was the House sponsor with Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Frisco, for SB224 to create the Protect Our Rivers license plate, some of the proceeds of which go to Colorado Trout Unlimited.
Wright also touted the opposition he joined with fellow House Republicans against gun-control measures, including background checks on all firearm sales and a 15-round limit on gun magazines.
Wright had three other GOP legislators at his side for Thursday’s kickoff, Reps. Justin Everett of Littleton, Dan Nordberg of Colorado Springs and Libby Szabo of Arvada.
In an email to DelGrosso, Kevin McCarney, Fletcher supporter and former vice chairman of the Mesa County Republican Party, said party leaders shouldn’t be supporting a candidate in a primary race.
“I would suggest you have no idea the amount of deceit Mr. Wright used during his campaign to be elected last year,” McCarney wrote on Monday. “I, as a member of the Mesa County Republican board from last year, had to put up continuously with the deceitful ways of Representative Wright. It was due to my forced support of Representative Wright as a board member last year that I did not wish to run for the board again.”
While it would be unusual for elected state or county party leaders regardless of party affiliation to support a primary candidate, it’s common for House and Senate leaders.