GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Mesa County is home to more than 400 non-profit organizations, which is why non-profits were the topic of discussion at a candidate forum for Senate District 7 Tuesday night.
"Collectively, our nonprofits in the Mesa County area is a huge economic driver," Doug Sorter, board member of the Community Impact Council, said.
Chris Kennedy says non-profits get Mesa County to the root of many issues we're facing: "In many different ways I think non-profits are part of the long-term solution to our healthcare issues, our mental health issues, our long-term care issues."
Senator Ray Scott couldn't make it in person (it was his 42nd wedding anniversary), but sent someone to fill in for him to share his thoughts on non-profit involvement: "Non-profits are super important to our community," Craig Andrews, the proxy for Senator Scott, said. "They fill the gaps where things fall through."
Topics at Tuesday's event ranged from non-profits roles in the opioid crisis to public land conservation.
The goal was to build relationships between future representatives and the non-profits working to make Mesa County a better place to be.
"We really want to make sure they (the candidates) understand who we are, they understand the things that we are looking to have happen," Sorter said.