Chamber endorses candidates

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce has endorsed five Republican candidates seeking election to state and national offices in the November election.

The chamber endorsed Matt Soper in House District 54 and Janice Rich in House District 55. In Senate District 7, the chamber endorsed Ray Scott in his bid for re-election.

The chamber endorsed Walker Stapleton for Colorado governor and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in his bid for re-election in the 3rd Congressional District.

According to a news release, the chamber bases its endorsements on recommendations from an appointed endorsement committee. That committee, in turn, bases its recommendations on the candidates’ positions on the chamber legislative platform, their general platforms, their ability to win election and differences on issues of concern to the chamber and businesses. The committee also takes into account voting records from credible business sources.

The chamber also announced its position on ballot issues. The chamber opposes Proposition 112 establishing setbacks on energy development and Amendment 73 raising personal and corporate income taxes to increase education funding.

The chamber supports Proposition 110 raising the state sales tax to increase funding for highway improvements as well as local measures increasing the Grand Junction lodging tax rate and allowing Mesa County to exempt state grants and pass-through funds from constitutional limits.