GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- It’s a heated county commissioner race in the local Republican party.
Longtime state senator Ray Scott is running against local businessman Cody Davis to replace county commissioner John Justman in District 1.
The winner will be decided by Mesa County voters in the statewide primary on June 30.
Senator Scott has earned the endorsement of Commissioner John Justman, who holds the seat he and Davis are vying for. But Davis has far outspent Scott on his campaign according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.
Both candidates feel their experiences are ideal for what the county needs, and they come from very different perspectives.
Davis is an established custom home and building developer in the community.
“The government is in need of more successful business men and women getting involved,” said Davis. “I want to take my success that I’ve had in my business in the past decade and I want to translate that into government.”
Senator Scott says, his experience in the state legislature is ideal for local government.
“I want to be where I can do the most good,” said Scott. “I’ve had ten years of experience in the state legislature and we do so many different things at that level that’ll affect the counties.”
Davis feels his work will translate well into community development.
“We’re home builders, our business works actively with public-private partnerships with the government quite a bit,” said Davis. “We’ve built public-private infrastructure.”
Davis also says someone who has spent a long time in politics is not ideal for a county commissioner role.
“If you want to utilize Ray Scott’s experience let’s leave him at the state where he still has over half of his term still to serve,” said Davis. “If you vote for me, Cody Davis, that’s also a vote to keep Ray Scott at the state.”
“The experience is what is needed here,” said Scott. “There’s three things that are the most critical right now to the people in Mesa County: public safety, infrastructure spending, and efficiency and accountability.”
Both candidates feel infrastructure and economic development are vital when COVID-19 has drastically impacted Colorado’s economy.
“We’ve been kind of set back artificially from where we were in February,” said Davis. “We’re going to have to unleash our economy, we’re going to have to keep our taxes low and we’re going to have to crunch our budget a little bit.”