After facing off Rep. Scott Tipton the night before at the Club 20 debates in Grand Junction, Democrat congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush was in Hotchkiss Sunday, Sept. 9, for another debate. This one, organized by Crawford Area Indivisible, turned into a town meeting. Rep. Tipton did not respond to the group's invitation, leaving Mitsch Bush on stage before about 60 people for a simple Q and A session.
The candidate addressed topics on replacing infrastructure, health care, climate change and public lands use.
"Most of our water infrastructure was built in the 1950s, '60s and '70s," she commented. "Even if our population hadn't grown we would need a retrofit."
Throughout the event she was adamant that western Colorado needs to see reinvestment in public services.
"We used to invest in infrastructure and people, and that made us strong," she said.
She also addressed the Affordable Care Act and medicare saying, "The reason the ACA has so many problems is because insurance companies play such a big role in it ... I think the only solution is universal single payer healthcare." She took an optimistic view of it, declaring that she thinks "it would take five years to get set up, if we win the presidency and the house and the senate," projecting a 2023-2025 timeline.
Mitsch Bush is challenging incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton for Colorado's Congressional District 3. Statewide the Democrats have fielded a candidate for every congressional district.