The Mesa County Republicans are addressing where they stand with House District 54 candidate Jared Wright. Some around the Valley are questioning the Republican candidate after details of his work and personal life came to light.
The statement reads:
"Like many in the room, the Board has been wrestling with the issue of Jared Wright as the Republican candidate for HD54.
Fundamentally, we need to remember the candidacy of Jared Wright is the result of three elections.
The first occurred when neighborhood caucuses elected HD54 delegates.
The second occurred when Jared Wright won an overwhelming majority at the HD54 convention.
The third occurred when Jared Wright won the primary election.
The Mesa County Republican Party, the Delta County Republican Party and the HD54 Central Committee can NOT overturn the results of these elections.
Jared Wright won his elections and won them with wide margins.
Jared Wright IS the Republican candidate for HD54.
At this point, it is up to Jared Wright to decide if he wants to continue his campaign or step aside.
That being said, most of us were unpleasantly surprised when details of Mr. Wright's work record and personal bankruptcy became public.
It is unfortunate the voters did not have this information BEFORE the elections took place.
As a result, we find ourselves with a candidate working to restore his credibility.
If Jared Wright opts to stay in, he IS the Republican candidate for HD54.
The Mesa County Republican Party is obligated to recognize him as such.
To be clear, your Executive Board will not second-guess the voters of HD54.
However, it is Mr. Wright’s responsibility to address questions about his character.
He needs to reconnect with Voters, the Republican Party and your Executive Board.
Jared also needs to convey a solid case for his political and legislative vision.
For the message to be heard, we call on the media to dial-down the heated rhetoric.
Voters, Party members and the Executive Board will be listening very closely.
The November election is critically important for America, Colorado and Mesa County.
We hope media attention focused on Mr. Wright will not divert attention from our outstanding Republican candidates seeking other offices.
We are confident Mesa County Republicans will stay focused on issues and substance.
We are confident Mesa County Republicans will continue to support their party.
And, we are confident of a Republican Victory on November 6.”