East Orchard Mesa resident Cox enters field for District 54
A native of East Orchard Mesa is the latest person to join the fray to be the Republican nominee for House District 54.
David L. Cox, 28, will jump into next year’s race to replace Rep. Steve King, that is, should King run for the seat now occupied by Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction.
Cox, who plans to announce his bid today, said he decided to run because of concerns that Colorado and the nation no longer operate under a constitutional form of government.
“I just gradually began seeing things that I felt like were addressed by a constitutional government, and it appears to me that we are not living in a constitutional government,” the 2000 Palisade High School graduate said. “We’re in blatant disregard and violation of the Constitution. I feel like it’s the state’s responsibility to control the powers of the federal government ... because it’s obvious our representatives in Washington, D.C., are not able to do so.”
Three other Republicans have filed campaign committee papers with the Secretary of State’s Office for the seat: Grand Junction residents Duncan McArthur and Ray Scott and Fruita resident Robert Hislop. No Democrat has entered the race.
Cox said he isn’t aligning himself with the conservative “Tea Party” movement, but said he agreed with much of what it stands for, particularly when it comes to nationalized health care. He said doing such a thing clearly would be unconstitutional.
“National health care is definitely not enumerated in the Constitution,” Cox said. “People realize that having a nationalized health care system is not going to succeed in providing a high level of health care to everyone. It’s a ridiculous notion that you can take 20 million more people who want health care and put them into a system that’s already significantly strained.”
Cox said he is running in Disrict 54 regardless of whether King seeks re-election to the Grand Junction seat.