Independent from Gunnison to challenge House Rep. Barbara McLachlan

State House Rep. Barbara McLachlan has a challenger.

Gunnison resident and retired Colorado Parks and Wildlife game warden Paul Jones announced Tuesday he will run for District 59 as an independent in the upcoming November election.

“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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