Democratic Candidate Switches Races, Eyes State Senate Seat

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) -- A local Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Republican Steve King for the State Senate.

Claudette Konola -- who was running for the state House District 54 seat -- announced Thursday that she is switching races and will seek the State Senate seat being vacated by Josh Penry.

Konola says she made the decision to switch after supporters in both Mesa and Garfield counties encouraged her to do so.

"I'm as confident that I can win this race as the previous race," said Konola. "It's going to be an uphill battle. I know the demographics, I know that there are more Republicans. But I think that there are enough people that are tired of the status quo that might be willing to listen to somebody that's a fresh face with some new ideas."

Konola says her financial background and proven track record on job creation make her a better candidate than King.

In a news release she said, "Steve King is not seen as an effective legislator on the most urgent issues of the day -- job creation and getting our economy moving again. His lightweight record as a legislator and his lapses in his campaign fund spending make it clear that people need a different choice for Senate."

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