“I’ve never been in politics before, but I’m pretty excited by it,” Jones told The Durango Herald. “I’m hoping I can provide a voice for people in the district that are feeling left out.”
District 59 covers a chunk of Southwest Colorado, including Durango, Pagosa Springs, Silverton, Ridgway, Lake City and up to Gunnison.
McLachlan, a Democrat, won the seat in 2016, beating incumbent J. Paul Brown, a Republican, by a 23,336 to 22,661 vote. The race was the most expensive House race in the state with more than $311,000 raised between the two candidates.
McLachlan, who announced earlier this year she intends to seek re-election, previously had no known challengers.
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