State Representative Josh Penry, (R)-Grand Junction, officially announced Monday he will run for the seat being vacated by State Senator Ron Teck, (R)-Grand Junction. Penry was joined by his wife, Jamie, and son, Chase, while making the announcement before a small crowd of supporters at Walker Field Airport.
He says friends began talking to him in may about running for the senate. He says he became a politician because he cares about people and he cares about issues. After talking with his wife he came to the conclusion that he can accomplish even more as a senator.
Penry is serving his first term as a state representative. He says many people have served as senator with little experience, including Teck.
Penry served as an aide to U.S. Representative Scott McInnis before running for state representative. In 120 days as a legislator Penry has had a number of bills passed by the legislature, including a groundbreaking agreement on water rights.
Last week, he announced the formation of a new task force to strengthen the state's sex offender laws.
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