Homeless advocate announces candidacy for City Council

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A man who’s been very vocal about what he sees as problems with the City of Grand Junction has decided to run for City Council.

Homeless advocate Jacob Richards made the announcement Wednesday and is seeking the at-large seat. In order to run, candidates are required to turn in a petition with at least 50 signatures by next week.

“I really encourage people to register to vote. Your voice is heard loudest when you're voting on local issues, and local issues are where one or two people can make the difference on a close race,” Richards told the crowd gathered at his announcement.

All council candidates must also be 18-years-old, a registered city voter and have lived in the city for 12 consecutive months leading up to the election.

City Council elections are non-partisan so candidates don’t have to be affiliated with any political party to seek a seat.

Here’s how the April 5 election looks right now. Five people are vying for the at-large seat: Jacob Richards, John Ballagh, Helen Devergie, Joshua Wussick and James Doody.

There are two people who have turned in paperwork for the District C seat: Bennett Boceschenstein and Aaron Norris.

And one person in the District B seat: Sam Sussarus.

Petitions are due to the City by Jan. 24.

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