Business group endorses West Slope candidates

A state senator from Grand Junction is among 22 legislators running for re-election to receive endorsements from a small business advocacy group.

State Sen. Ray Scott, a Republican from Grand Junction in the Seventh Senate District, is among a total of 43 candidates on the November ballot who received endorsements from the National Federation of Independent Business.

State Sen. Don Coram, a Republican from Montrose in the Sixth Senate District, also received an endorsement from the NFIB.

So did Matt Soper, a Republican from Delta, running for election in House District 54, which includes Mesa and Delta counties. Yeulin Willet, a Republican from Grand Junction, announced in January he wouldn’t seek a third term.

Tony Gagliardi, state director of the NFIB in Colorado, said incumbent endorsements were based on their votes on nine measures during the last legislative session. Endorsements of candidates running for open seats and challengers were based on answers to questionnaires sent out by a political action committee of the NFIB in Colorado.

“A legislator’s voting record on small business issues is nothing he or she can hide from or dispute. So when we endorse a representative or senator, it’s because they are proven friends of Main Street enterprises based on the one measurement that matters most,” Gagliardi said.

“With candidates running in open seats or challenging an incumbent, our PAC takes extra time and care to vet the people who will be sincerely with us from the ones who will tell us anything,” Gagliardi added.