Republican Jared Wright withstood a battle with Libertarian Tim Menger — and overcame his own personal mistakes — to win election to the District 54 seat in the Colorado House of Representatives.
Clearly, that wasn’t our preferred outcome in this race. The Daily Sentinel endorsed Menger and even suggested Wright should withdraw from the race at one point.
And Wright has made no secret—through public statements and campaign literature—that he is no fan of this newspaper.
So be it.
However, Wright will now be responsible for representing roughly half the population of Mesa County in the Colorado Legislature. How he works to fulfill that responsibility will determine whether Wright is a one-hit wonder in the political world or someone who may have an opportunity to serve the public further—in the state House or in other capacities.
Will he strive to serve all people in this county, or only those he perceives to have been his supporters?
Will he attempt to work with Democrats in the House, especially on matters of import to the Western Slope, or will he be a party-line guy on every issue?
Will he demonstrate humility and deference to those with more experience, or will he go to Denver with a chip on his shoulder, spouting angry rhetoric, garnering a lot of media attention but accomplishing little?
Will he face a recall effort, and if so, how will he handle it?
We’re under no illusion that soon-to-be Rep. Wright will welcome advice from this newspaper. But we hope he will listen to seasoned professionals within his own party who may offer him counsel not unlike ours.
Meanwhile, give Tim Menger credit for offering a straightforward and credible alternative to Wright in a race in which he initially thought he would be lucky to win 100 votes.