Chamber endorses four candidates in council election

Four candidates seeking election to the Grand Junction City Council have received endorsements from the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The board endorsed Phyllis Norris in the race in Council District A, Martin Chazen in District D, Duncan McArthur in District E and Rick Brainard in the race for an at-large seat on the council.

“The Grand Junction Area Chamber has endorsed these candidates because they are passionate about creating a business climate that encourages job growth and are determined to make better financial decisions that focus on citizen priorities while making the city a better place to live,” said Diane Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the chamber.

The chamber board based its endorsements in part on the recommendations of a committee that interviewed the candidates as well as the candidates’ business and general platforms, their positions on the chamber platform and other issues, their past voting records if available and their ability to win election.

Norris, former president of City Market is a past chairwoman of the chamber board. Brainard, vice president of sales at West Star Aviation, currently belongs to the board.

The chamber has scheduled a forum for the 10 candidates running for council as part of a luncheon meeting set for noon March 11 at the Clarion Inn, located at 755 Horizon Drive. Admission is $18 for chamber members, $23 for others.

A total of 10 candidates are running for four seats in the council election. Norris faces Tom Kenyon, the incumbent, in District A. Chazen faces incumbent Laura Luke and Bonnie Beckstein in District D. Beckstein previously served on the council before resigning. In District E, McArthur faces Harry Butler and Robert Noble. Butler also has served on the council. Brainard faces incumbent Bill Pitts.

Ballots will be mailed to city voters no later than March 15. Ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. April 2.