Business group awards Grand Junction legislator perfect score for voting record

Senator Ray Scott
Senator Ray Scott

A state senator from Grand Junction is among 21 legislators to earn perfect scores from a small business advocacy group in its latest review of voting records on key issues.

State representatives from Grand Junction also were among 31 lawmakers who received thank-you letters from the National Federation of Independent Business based on their votes during the latest session.

State Sen. Ray Scott, a Republican from Grand Junction in the Seventh Senate District, received a 100 percent score for his record on five floor votes reviewed by the NFIB.

State Rep. Dan Thurlow, a Republican from Grand Junction in the 55th House District, received a score of 86 percent for his record on seven floor votes. State Rep. Yeulin Willet, a Republican from Grand Junction in the 54th House District, received a score of 83 percent.

The NFIB reviews voting records for state legislators on bills the group deems important to its members, most of them small business owners.

“Ask any legislator if he or she is a friend of small business, and every one of them will say yes. But our voting records separate faithful friends from fake ones,” said Tony Gagliardi, state director of the NFIB in Colorado. “The 31 members we are sending thank-you letters have been unwavering and steadfast in their support of small business, and they have the record to prove it.”

Scott seeks re-election to a second term in the November election.

Thurlow mounted, but lost, a primary election challenge to Scott instead of running for re-election to his house seat. Willet announced in January he wouldn’t seek a third term.