Wright to officially announce challenge for Bradford’s seat

Fruita police officer Jared Wright is to officially announce his bid for the Colorado House later today, challenging the incumbent, Rep. Laura Bradford, for the newly redrawn House District 54.

Wright, who was an aide to former Grand Junction GOP legislators Sen. Josh Penry and Rep. Matt Smith, will be one of two Republicans to challenge Bradford for the seat.

The other Republican is Rusty Price, a Palisade vineyard owner and former chairman of the HD55 Republican Party.

“Bring it on,” Bradford said Monday on the House floor about the new challenger. The Collbran Republican is running for her third term in the House.

The three will vie for delegates to get onto the June primary ballot when the HD54 Central Committee holds its nominating assembly March 31.

That event will be held at the Midlands Village Community Room, 435 32 Road.

Wright is to announce his campaign at two locations today: 10:30 a.m. at the Delta County Courthouse and 12:45 p.m. at Grand Junction Regional Airport’s Aviator’s Memorial Park.

To date, no Democrat has announced plans to vie for the seat.


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