Governor candidates meet at Fruita Monument High School

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Saturday Democratic Candidates running for Governor met at Fruita Monument High School.

"I am running for governor because I believe we need to make education our state's number one priority," said Candidate for Governor of Colorado, Cary Kennedy.

Mike Johnston says his focus would be on health care.

"If you live in a place in Colorado where your healthcare is not affordable, or it's more than ten percent of your income, we would allow you to buy into Medicaid as an option so you could get affordable health care," Johnston said.

Growing up in a single parent home, Erik Underwood says he won’t forget the Western Slope.

"So I know what its like to be forgotten and left behind so I'm not gonna leave my fellow Coloradans behind going forward in this campaign," said Underwood.

He says he wants to loosen up the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

"We need to repeal TABOR, I am the only candidate that wants to repeal TABOR. How are we gonna fix our roads, schools, and bridges, without unleashing those funds at the state level?" Underwood said.

And last but not least, Noel Ginsburg wants more jobs for Colorado by attracting companies to all corners of the state.

"I believe we can pattern our state incentives to bias them towards rural Colorado, and ensure that job growth exists not just in some parts of Colorado, but all of Colorado," said the Chairman & CEO at Intertech Medical, Inc., Noel Ginsburg.

And all the candidates realize the Western Slope is unique.

"I don't think the things that the front range needs are the same as what the Western Slope needs," Johnston said.

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