Paul Jones: We welcome independent Paul Jones to the race for Colorado House District 59

Just who the heck is Paul Jones?

Many folks in Colorado House District 59, which includes La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan, Ouray, Hinsdale and Gunnison counties, are asking the same question this week, and we are glad about that.

Jones, a political independent and Montrose native who now resides in Gunnison, has petitioned his way onto the November ballot against incumbent Democrat Barbara McLachlan. Establishing better name recognition in the district is definitely on the top of his campaign to-do list.

His candidacy reminds us that the biggest surprise of this election year is the absence of a Republican in the race, despite the fact that McLachlan took the seat away from Republican J. Paul Brown by just 675 votes in 2016.

Jones, who laments the polarization and subsequent gridlocked nature of politics at all levels, has picked a good time to make a bid for office. He believes, perhaps rightly, that his independent status will appeal to significant numbers of liberals and conservatives alike.

But also high on Jones’s list is the need to illustrate how his approach differs from that of his opponent.

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