State Senate Candidates

By: Natalie Pallone
By: Natalie Pallone

Water, health care and regulating the oil and gas industry these are just a few of the issues facing the Western Slope. Both Candidates for State Senate think they have what it takes to tackle these issues and more.

Republican Josh Penry is a Western Colorado native, he graduated from Grand Junction High School and Mesa State College currently serves as a State Representative for District 55. During his time in the House, Penry says he has worked first–hand to find solutions for the western slope.

Democrat Dana Barker is a ten year resident of Battlement Mesa, he says he has 50 years of experience in operations research and cost analysis, 26 of which were spent with the Postal Service. The last eight of which he was an expert cost witness, a position which required him to to understand, explain and a defend a 50 billion dollar budget.

If elected as State Senator for District 7, Penry says he plans to continue moving forward with things he has accomplished in the house. Penry says legislation against child sexual predators was a big priority for him as a dad and uncle, and he says that is something he would like to do more with. In addition Penry says he has worked on the Meth problem and that will continue to be a priority in the Senate as well.

Barker says his passions are health care and education but his first priority upon taking office will be to introduce legislation to modify the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and to expand it's membership to include some critical needed skills.

Click on the "Video Included Link" at the top of this story to see what the candidates say a vote for them means as well as why they differ from their opponent.

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