Paul Jones, a retired game warden and biologist from Gunnison, will face Democrat Barbara McLachlan in November. Republicans did not nominate a candidate for the seat, so Jones will face McLachlan in a heads-up race.
Republicans outnumber Democrats in the district, but unaffiliated voters make up the largest segment of voters, which puts Jones in a strong position come November.
“It’s been an amazing experience, I’ve knocked on a lot of doors, and am overwhelmed by the support I’m getting,” said Jones. He added, ”I’ve talked to hundreds of people, Independents, Republicans, and Democrats. People are looking for change. We are running a grassroots campaign fueled by small donors. I won’t be taking any PAC money, and that’s getting people fired up.”
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