Wright, Menger Face Off in First Congressional Debate
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- On Friday candidates from one controversial House District race met for their first debate.
Republican Jared Wright squared off against Libertarian Tim Menger, each expressing how they would best serve House District 54.
Wright, coming off his resignation from the Fruita Police Department and his bankruptcy going public, told attendees he doesn't back down in the face of adversity, and he would do the same in office.
Menger talked about his party affiliation being a strength for him. With an even number of Republicans and Democrats in the House predicted after this election, his Libertarian vote could be the deciding one in many cases.
Although both candidates agreed on most of the issues, one they disagreed on involved changes to the Constitution.
"The Constitution, being so widely open to changes by raw democracy, is wrong for Colorado. The number one goal for me is to build bipartisan support for looking at how we make adjustments to our Constitution," explained Wright.
"People should be able to change their Constitution because the Constitution is for the people ... but the people should be also for their Constitution, and you've got to find the median point there," said Menger.
Wright and Menger did have similar stances on taxes; both candidates believe in minimizing taxation as much as possible.
Wright also touched on water and roads, calling them the veins and arteries of the community. He said it is important for the Western Slope to keep its current water rights and not let entities from the Front Range diminish them.
Meanwhile, Wright emphasized the need to keep roads updated, as exported and imported products help the economy grow.
Attendees who questioned Menger's party affiliation by asking how he planned on gaining allies in the House were met with a railroad metaphor.
Menger explained that he would be the railroad spike in the tracks that drives the two-party system to achieve creative solutions that neither party could previously solve.