Chamber directors endorse candidates in four races

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has endorsed four Republican candidates running for election to the Mesa County Commission, Colorado House of Representatives and Congress.

In the race for the Mesa County Commission in District 1, the chamber board endorsed John Justman. Justman faces Jana Bingham Gerow and John Leane, who are both unaffiliated.

In the District 2 contest for the commissioner, the chamber board endorsed Rose Pugliese, who’s running against Democrat David Edwards.

In the race in Colorado House District 55, the chamber board endorsed Ray Scott in his quest for a second term in the Legislature. Scott opposes Democrat Dan Robinson.

The chamber board made no endorsement in House District 54, which pits Libertarian Tim Menger against Republican Jared Wright.

In Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, the chamber board endorsed Scott Tipton, an incumbent seeking a second term in a race against Democrat Sal Pace. The race also includes Libertarian Gregory Gilman and independents Tisha Casida and Jaime McMillan.

According to a news release, the chamber board makes its endorsements when at least two-thirds of directors are present.

The endorsement process also includes a committee of chamber members led by a director that interviews candidates and makes recommendations to the chamber board.

Those recommendations in turn are based on five criteria:

The candidate’s business platform compared to other candidates  in the race.

The candidate’s positions on the chamber platform and his or her willingness to assume a leadership role on behalf of the chamber.

The candidate’s general platform compared to other candidates in the race.

The “electability” of a candidate based on the support of other business organizations and his or her political party.

The position of the opposition candidate on differing views on issues.

The committee also considers past voting records when they’re available.