Some differences between Republican primary rivals Debra Irvine and David Justice were evident at a question and answer forum held at Orchard City on May 29.
Irvine and Justice are running for the party's nomination in Colorado House District 61.
The district includes all of Delta County east of the City of Delta along with Summit and Lake counties, and parts of Gunnison County.
Both candidates claim conservative views and credentials. They sparred however and were quick to qualify their answers to a question on an issue basic to conservative ideology. Asked if the government may ever infringe on the "unalienable rights" of citizens, Irvine explained that sometimes rights of individuals may come into conflict. Justice was more specific saying that "no," the government may not infringe on citizens' unalienable rights "without due process of law."
The candidates differ on the question of government support for the tourism industry. Irvine of Summit County favors support for the industry and said it is a "good investment" returning to the state economy several times the amount spent. Justice, a resident of Gunnison County, disagreed and likened government support for tourism to "corporate welfare," which he opposes.
The candidates would have different legislative priorities. Irvine, responding to a question, said that "Jobs, jobs, jobs," would be the accomplishment she most wants to be known for if elected to serve in the Legislature. Justice, responding to the same question, said support of law enforcement would be his top goal.
The candidates expressed general agreement on a range of other issues including 2nd Amendment rights, legalizing marijuana, balancing budgets, public lands access, illegal immigration, protecting Western Slope water rights, and states' rights, and their remarks echoed familiar Republican and conservative themes on the topics.
The Q&A session was hosted by the Delta County Republican Party Central Committee which submitted questions to the candidates.
In addition to Irvine and Justice, Jared Wright, a Fruita police officer who is unopposed seeking the Republicans' Legislative District #54 nomination, said that standing up to "Front Range liberals" and voting for Western Slope values would be top on his agenda. Without primary opposition, Wright said he would "run against this President and his policies and against Front Range Liberalism."
House District #54 includes the City of Delta and Mesa County outside the City of Grand Junction.blog comments powered by Disqus