Tuesday, House District 54 candidate Jared Wright made it official, even with heavy pressure within the Republican party to step down, Wright says he isn't going anywhere.
Write says he is leaving the decision in the hands of the voters, acknowledging bad choices he's made, including not letting Republicans know he had filed for bankruptcy.
He says stepping down was never up to the “self- appointed power brokers in our community" that were pressuring him, starting his address to a room full of his supporters with an apology.
"I sincerely apologize for the unpleasant surprise this was to some in the Republican party, and the sideshow and distraction my personal issues have become," Wright said.
Wright told the room that he’s learned from his bankruptcy, but says it’s no reason for him to drop out of the district 54 race.
"You always have to be prepared for the downside, both in my personal life and in government."
"Everyday, we're required to make choices in our life, and I've certainly made some bad ones, I don't believe that anything that's occurred would make me a bad representative," Wright said.
Even though Wright says he isn’t stepping down, some Republicans are firing away at him to do so.
"There's still time for Jared to do the right thing by the people of House District 54 and step out of the race so that a qualified candidate can be put on the ballot for November,” businessman Alex Chaffetz said.
Chaffetz says after personally asking Wright to drop out of the race, he is now paying $400 dollars for 90 second automated phone calls that are going out to about 6,700 registered Republicans in Mesa County, calling on them to pressure Wright to step away.
"We have a candidate in House District 54 that wasn't truthful about why he left the Fruita Police Department, he wasn't truthful about his personal bankruptcy, and we have a Republican leadership that feels like their hands are tied and they can't say anything about it because of where we are in the process," Chaffetz said.
Wright says he's feeling the pressure, and wants to be trusted, but will leave that trust in the hands of the voters.
"I'd like to earn everyone's support, I don't know that that's possible, but I will certainly try, even the gentleman that made the robo- calls."
"They have the opportunity to make that decision on November 6th,they have a choice in this election."
Wright also says he hasn't met his opponent yet, Libertarian candidate Tim Menger, and says without his job at the Fruita PD, he was forced to dive into his 401k and retirement early.
Wright also acknowledged some of his bad investments, including his home, and cars, one of the cars which was re-possessed.
He says if he could do it all over again, he would have told the truth about why he resigned from the Fruita Police Department.