House District 59 candidate Paul Jones earns spot on November ballot

A Gunnison man has successfully petitioned his way onto the November ballot to challenge state Rep. Barbara McLachlan for Colorado’s House District 59.

Independent candidate Paul Jones gathered more than 600 signatures to run against the incumbent. There is no Republican candidate in the race.

“The fact that we’re actually going to have a chance to run as an independent and, I hope, to be a voice for all independents in House District 59, it’s pretty awesome,” Jones told The Durango Herald.

Colorado House District 59 includes La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan, Ouray, Hinsdale and Gunnison counties.

Because Jones is unaffiliated with a party, he had to petition to be on the Colorado ballot after the state’s primary election in June.

Under state law, the June primary sets the November ballot lineup for Democrats and Republicans, but independents get on the ballot by submitting petitions and have more time. The rules for unaffiliated candidates to petition onto the ballot are “less arduous” than for Democrats or Republicans, according to Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

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